Exercise, sport and asthma

2) Checks before you start exercise or activity

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  • Check with your GP or asthma nurse for any limits or precautions you should be aware of before you exercise. It is  important to seek medical advice prior to starting any new sports/gym activities.  If your asthma is well controlled there should be no reason why you can’t exercise or be more active.
  • If you have had exercise induced asthma in the past, check which exercises and activities would be best to start with.
  • Be ready by taking your inhalers ten minutes before you exercise and take your reliever inhaler with you. Take your preventer inhaler as prescribed.
  • Take extra care if you are recovering from an infection or attack.
  • Don’t eat for two hours before you exercise.
  • Take a bottle of water and a mobile phone with you if you are going outdoors.
  • If you are going to an exercise class, make sure you tell the instructor that you have asthma and that you may need to stop and rest. Show them your asthma plan if you have one.
  • Start gently and build up gradually. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise every day. To start with you don’t have to do this all at once.
  • Plan exercise and activity into your daily life. Try to do exercises and activities which you enjoy and add some variety if you can.