The benefits of exercising outside are many. Conquering a hill or moving against the wind can intensifies a workout. Not only is the workout harder, but recent studies suggest that exercising outdoors over indoors boosts their mood and overall well being. The simple act of taking a walk outside increased participates self esteem, and energy while decreasing depression, anger and tension.
For many though, exercising outdoors and exercise in general is a potential trigger for asthma. This is called exercise induced asthma.
Did you know?
- About 12-15% of athletes will have exercise induced asthma.
- Allergic and non-allergic triggers of exercise induced asthma can trigger symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing.
- Persons with exercise induced asthma often don't have regular asthma and often only have symptoms during exercise.
How Do You Know If You Have Exercise Induced Asthma?
Ask yourself a few simple questions. If you answer yes, then speak with your Allergist about being screened.
- Do you have cough, chest tightness or SOB associated only with exercise?
- Does going outside on a cold day trigger a cough?
- Are you sensitive to cold temperatures and dry air?
- Does air pollutants (tobacco smoke car pollution, and air quality issues) trigger symptoms?
How Are you Diagnosed with Exercise Induced Asthma?
- See your allergist for a complete health history and testing.
- Have a breathing test (Spirometry) done
- A follow up test after exercise may be performed.
What Can You Do to Prevent Exercise Induced Asthma?
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