Do you struggle with exercise-induced asthma, also known as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB)? When being active makes it hard to breathe, it’s easy to become more sedentary as a result. But not moving isn’t healthy either, and as you grow more out of shape, it’s that much harder to get active again.
If you struggle with exercise-induced asthma, here are three ways to get — and stay — active.
Know your triggers.
If cold weather triggers an attack, cover your mouth with a scarf so the air you breathe in isn’t as cold. If air pollution is a trigger, check the air quality in your area on Airnow.gov before heading outside. If pollen makes your breathing worse, check out Pollen.com to check out pollen counts and forecasts in your area (air pollution and pollen are often lower in the early morning or later in the evening, so you try planning your outdoor activities accordingly).
Work out indoors when necessary.
Sometimes staying active means moving your activity indoors to avoid triggers. Fortunately, there are many ways to make this not only possible but fun. Consider joining a gym or an indoor sports team (like basketball or soccer), attending a yoga or fitness class, or investing in some home workout equipment. This will allow you to stay active and in shape when outdoor exercise isn’t possible.
Talk to your doctor.
Exercise-induced asthma or EIB can be often be managed with medication. Your doctor can help you develop a plan that’s right for you — including which medication to take and how far in advance to take it before you begin exercising.