Exercise and sport for children with asthma

6) More strenuous exercise

© YoungMedia 2012

© YoungMedia 2012

As your child improves their level of fitness they may be ready to think about other more strenuous exercises.

Suggestions for increased exercise:

  • Running – try joining an after school or an athletics group or find a friend who can run with them.
  • Circuit training.
  • Swimming or Aquarobics.
  • Tennis or Badminton.
  • Hill walking or Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
  • Football, Hockey or Basketball team.
  • Martial Arts – some classes include breathing control.
  • Golf.
  • Gym classes.

Make sure you tell the instructor that your child has asthma and that they may need to take rests. Make sure they take inhalers and their asthma plan with them. If they are taking part in after school activities make sure they take bottled water to drink.

There may be some activities or sports which are not suitable for children with asthma, scuba diving for example. Check with your child’s asthma team if you have any doubts.

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