Don’t Let Asthma Get in the Way of Fitness

by Blayne Soriano, Level 2 CrossFit Coach and CrossFit Kids Coach

Even though it’s not always talked about, more people have asthma than you might think. Asthma is when your airways are inflamed, narrow and swell and produce more mucus.

In my experience as a trainer, my clients with asthma do better with their inhaler about one hour before exercising.

I’m not a medical professional, and all cases vary, but when talking about intertwining workouts and asthma, exercising can improve lung health, which can be beneficial to asthma.

Let’s look at kids. Being active, staying fit and maintaining a healthy weight can help strengthen their breathing muscles.

Golf, yoga and gentle biking are less likely to trigger your child’s asthma. Such sports as baseball, football, gymnastics and shorter track and field events are good options.

Endurance and cold-weather sports can be much trickier for asthmatic children, as can high-energy sports as soccer and basketball.

Still, children and adults with asthma can do well in the sport of their choice with proper training and correct dosage and use of medicine.

Some tricks to help yourself:

  • When exercising, breathe through your nose rather than mouth.
  • When pollen counts are high, skip outdoor workouts.
  • Wear a ski mask or scarf for outdoor winter training.
  • Make time for warmup and cool down.

Find what works best for you, and don’t let it stop you from doing the things you enjoy doing, especially anything physical or beneficial to your health as a whole.