Jill: I have exercise induced asthma so I sort of avoid exercise, but that can’t be my excuse any more. What do you recommend I do to exercise safely??
Megan: Typically, exercise induced asthma is the result of strenuous exercise that causes the lungs to narrow and you feel like you are gasping for air. That being said, being out of shape can make it hard to know what is considered strenuous at that point in time. I do recommend working out indoors to avoid other asthma triggers, find something you enjoy, avoid exercise in the cold, and breathe through your nose. Moderate cardiovascular activity like walking or using an elliptical can be a good place to start for up to 30 minutes and add resistance training. You will actually start to feel better after time and just like getting into shape, your asthma will adjust to the new changes and like how it feels. Start with shorter bouts to build your endurance and keep a pace under anything that makes your breathing feel too strained.