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They all live with asthma. Beckham has been managing his asthma since he was a young boy. Hibbert wasn’t diagnosed until he was well into his NBA career. Van Dyken joined a swim team to live a more active life with asthma.
With the help of a doctor, you can be active even though you’ve been diagnosed with asthma. Exercise can help you stay healthy and control your symptoms.
Physical activity can bring on an asthma attack called exercise-induced asthma (EIA). Experts say 90 percent of people dealing with chronic asthma also experience EIA. Symptoms include chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. These symptoms may occur within the first few minutes of exercise or right after stopping a workout. They can last for an hour or longer, and may lead to an asthma attack.
Some high-intensity activities are more likely to trigger EIA. Basketball, soccer, running and cycling are a few examples. Activities in cold, dry air, such as cross-country skiing and ice-skating, can cause a bout of EIA, too.
The Cleveland Clinic notes a proper warm-up can make a big difference in whether you run into breathing trouble during exercise.
Exercise-induced asthma is a chronic health problem that you can manage. Your doctor may give you a pre-exercise medicine to help prevent symptoms. It’s also important to follow these tips:
Having asthma doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun or healthy benefits of an active lifestyle. Talk with your doctor about activities that are best for you and your asthma management.
Originally published 9/7/2016; Revised 2020, 2021, 2022
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