Staying Healthy

Exercise is good for everyone… Asthma needn’t stop you from staying fit

Exercise can reduce your risk of major illness, such as heart disease and cancer, by up to 50% * and this is no different if you have asthma. For some people with asthma, exercise can be a trigger but that still shouldn’t stop you from staying fit… you just need to find the right exercise for you: * NHS Choices

  • Yoga is a form of exercise that focuses on strength and flexibility, and some people find the breathing exercises can help their asthma
  • Swimming is a great form of exercise as the humid air may be less likely to trigger asthma symptoms, although the chlorine in the swimming pool can aggravate some people’s symptoms
  • Cycling can improve muscle tone and stamina, and it’s something the whole family can enjoy
  • Team sports like football can be good for people with asthma as they’re played in shorter bursts with breaks in between
  • Walking is a great way to exercise and it’s completely free. Just be aware of pollen counts during the summer months and very cold air during the winter months if they’re triggers for you, but otherwise get out and enjoy the fresh air!
Just 10,000 steps a day… To really improve your health

Research shows that 10,000 steps a day can significantly improve your health * so why not challenge yourself! Clip a handy little gadget called a pedometer onto your clothing and it’ll measure every step you take throughout the day. Take things slowly to start with if you don’t usually exercise and build up gradually. You could even keep a diary of your steps to track your success. 1,000 steps is the equivalent of around a 10-minute brisk walk. * NHS Choices

Reduce your symptoms… And enjoy exercising

These tips may help you to reduce your asthma symptoms when you’re exercising:

  • Always take your preventer inhaler as directed by your GP to keep your asthma under control
  • Always warm up and warm down – it won’t just make sure you don’t sustain any injuries, it can also help to keep your asthma under control
  • Always carry your reliever inhaler with you, especially if exercise is a trigger for you, so you have it on hand if you need it
  • It may help you to take your reliever inhaler immediately before you start to warm up
  • If you’re exercising outdoors and pollen is a trigger for you, make sure you take your usual antihistamine medication before you go out, or avoid outdoor exercise when the pollen count is high
  • Make people you’re exercising with aware that you have asthma
Stop smoking… One of the best ways to improve your asthma control

We all know smoking’s bad for us and although giving up can be tough it’s worth it as stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your health.

Smoking affects almost every major organ of the body including your lungs, so it’s no surprise that smoking is bad for people with asthma. Not only does it increase your chance of an asthma attack but it also causes long-term damage to your lungs and can block the benefits of your asthma medication. But take a look at all the benefits you’ll start to see once you quit:

  • Your asthma will be better controlled
  • You’ll get more benefit from your asthma medicine
  • You’ll be setting a good example for your children so they don’t become smokers
  • You’ll have more money to enjoy
  • Your clothes, house and car won’t smell of stale smoke
  • You’ll have fresher breath
  • You won’t be exposing your family, friends and pets to the dangers of second-hand smoke
  • Your meals will start to taste better
  • You’ll be free from addiction

If you’re looking to quit we have a range of options to help you, including weekly support and advice. Pop into your local pharmacy and we’ll help you choose the best option and products for you to give you the best chance of success.

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