Unfortunately, people who have asthma often forgo exercise because of the condition. But according to a study conducted at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woodville, South Australia, that kind of behavior will only lead to poorer cardiovascular health.
Madhu Chandratilleke, M.D., and her colleagues reviewed 19 randomized, controlled trials that looked at the connection between physical exercise and asthma. The studies were published between 1980 and 2011, and included a total of 695 participants ages 8 and older. The exercise programs had sessions lasting at least 20 minutes, at least twice a week for at least four weeks, and involved activities including swimming and running.
The researchers found that, in general, participating in these exercise programs resulted in no adverse effects on asthma symptoms, and generally led to improved physical functioning and improved quality of life.
If you have asthma, don’t let your condition deter you from partaking in heart healthy exercise. By exercising, you will not only improve your physical functioning, but also your cardiovascular health.
Walking an hour a day can help you reverse heart disease, so if you have asthma and you’ve been reluctant to exercise, talk to your doctor about how physical activity can benefit you.