The Athlete

Cardio-exercise and Asthma

Do cardio-exercise and asthma go together? That is a tough question to answer. Cardio-exercise is one of the most well known physical fitness routines, weight management, and heart and lung health. Cardio-exercise requires a lot muscle movement and raises the heart rate to at least 50 percent of the maximum level. Other examples of cardio-exercise include walking, biking, swimming, jogging, and aerobics. All of these examples can bring on an asthma attack. Cardio-exercising has numerous benefits. Some of the benefits include decreased blood pressure, increased good cholesterol, decreased body fat, improved blood flow to the active muscles and helps to increase the heart and lung function. It can also help decrease anxiety, depression and tension.

Allergies are the main cause of asthma. Any chronic exposure to dust mites can cause the bronchial hyper-reactivity of asthma. Air pollution and other allergens are to blame also. Exercising indoors can be just as harmful as exercising on a busy street or outdoors where pollution or pollen is very high. Remember to take your medication before doing any cardio-exercise routine. This will help reduce the inflammation in your bronchial tubes and make you breath easier.

Asthma can be induced by a cardio-exercise fitness regimen. Some of the signs of induced asthma are tightness in the chest, slight shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue during exercise, wheezing, shallow and difficulty breathing. Some people only show asthma symptoms while they are involved in physical activity, and others show more severe symptoms when just walking up a flight of stairs.

At least 80 percent of people’s asthma is triggered by vigorous exercise. Asthma that has been brought on by cardio-exercise can be diagnosed if there has been a history of breathing trouble for that last 5-10 minutes after stopping cardio-exercise. Children also have asthma and symptoms are sometimes induced by exercise. Exercise induced asthma can also be a materialization of under treated asthma. There are ways of preventing exercise induced asthma. It should be treated with in inhaler. Doctors usually prescribe an inhaled steroid. Asthma patients are urged to participate in an active lifestyle including cardio-exercise. Acute severe asthma patients should ask for some advice from their doctor before taking on a fitness regimen of cardio-exercise.

There a few way that natural remedies can help with asthma while still enjoying a cardio-exercise fitness program. The first one is moderate exercise. By doing moderate cardio-exercise you are strengthening your heart and lungs. If you being to wheeze or feel tightness in your chest, you should stop until the feelings subside if they are not severe. Always ask a health professional before beginning any cardio-exercise fitness routine. Another natural way is improvement of your diet. Reducing processed foods, including sugar and increasing your intake of fresh vegetables and whole grains will help you will cell oxygen assimilation. These are just a few ways of helping you to deal with asthma and still enjoy cardio-exercise fitness routines to better your health.