I am 17 years old, and I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 13. It has never really been a problem with the things that I do. I usually use my inhaler about three times a year.
Recently,however, my asthma has worsened severely. Last Monday, I went to the emergency room and every day since then I’ve had anywhere from a mild to harsh attack. I want to beat this thing, and I would like to know what kind of exercises I can do to improve my asthma. I plan to start walking every day. Is this good enough?
Before you turn to exercise you must bring your asthma into control. It is important to work with your physician and try to understand why your asthma worsened. Was it an allergy season, did you have an infection, had you been having what you thought were very mild symptoms and ignoring them? Why are you still having attacks?
Now that you are having more frequent attacks, are you on a long-term controller (Intal, Tilade, inhaled steroid, leukotriene modifier). Try to answer these questions by working with your physician, or an asthma expert, if answers are not forthcoming.
Exercise will not improve lung function, but it will make a person with controlled asthma feel better — and this can be very significant. Understand your triggers, learn all you can about asthma, bring your asthma under control, and exercise.