Asthma got you down? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Even start footballer and heartthrob David Beckham had asthma. The list of sports players and athletes suffering from asthma disease is long - English marathon runner and Olympic athlete Paula Radcliffe, a basketball and track athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, American swimmer and Olympic medalist Tom Dolan – all of them have something in common – they overcame asthma on their way to victory.
I’m sure, even you can do it.
Asthma and physical activity
You may think that asthma and physical activity is not a great mix, especially in sports. Most sports require fitness and endurance, and asthma – a respiratory condition that causes asthma symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing - can make working out difficult.
Exercise is a common trigger for an asthma attack but that doesn’t mean all people will have Exercise-Induced Asthma. But, generally, people react by avoiding exercise. As a result, their fitness gets worse, and asthma symptoms may occur with even lower levels of physical activity like climbing 2 floors in case of emergency, ideally which should not be the case.
Well-controlled asthma should not limit anyone from participating in physical activity. In fact, exercise can help control the frequency and severity of asthma episodes. However, physical activity should be done under doctors’ guidance. With proper treatment and precautions, you can learn how to control your asthma as you become more active. With the right medicine, most people with asthma should be able to exercise with minimal problems or restrictions.
Homeopathic help for asthma
There are a number of medications and asthma treatment used to treat exercise-induced asthma. It’s a question of working out what’s best for you with regards to the frequency and severity of asthma symptoms.
A homeopath can become your best bet to address the condition. Because, asthma treatment in homeopathy treats the person, the individual, by taking a holistic outlook - it examines not just the symptoms one experiences during an attack, but also all the changes and variations that occur on the physical, mental and emotional levels. This helps to determine how a person’s health and well-being have been altered.
Homeopathy for asthma analyses the hereditary factors and environmental triggers, too — to complete the individual’s constitutional portrait, while stimulating the individual’s immunity by treating the cause of the illness — and, not just the illness state or diagnosis.
Activities suitable for you
While people with asthma can participate in all types of exercise and physical activity, swimming is one of the best forms of exercise, because it is less likely to trigger an asthma attack. It also develops good breathing techniques and increases lung capacity.
People with severe asthma should focus on strength training (e.g. lifting weights), flexibility training and light (aerobic) physical activity. The aerobic exercise should begin at low intensity. Gradually increase the intensity as your fitness level improves.
For beginners, walking is the best exercise. If you have been inactive for a long time, start with short sessions (10 to 15 minutes). Add 5 minutes to each session, increasing every two to four weeks. Gradually build up to being active at least 30 minutes a day for most days of the week. Drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after exercise. If pollen, pollution, or cold weather triggers your asthma, exercise indoors.
Conclusion: Design your exercise program for maximum benefit and minimum risk to your health and physical condition. Consider reaching out to a doctor to work with you. Together, you can establish realistic goals and design a safe, effective, and enjoyable program.