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What are the best forms of exercise if you have asthma?

Physical activity is good for people with asthma. It improves lung function, supports the immune system and helps keep people’s weight down, cutting the risk of an asthma attack. However, since some people with asthma find that exercise triggers their symptoms, they may feel apprehensive about getting started. 

In Patient’s recent survey of 281 healthcare professionals, the medical community was somewhat divided in what sports they’d recommend to people with asthma. The most recommended activities were yoga and Pilates (recommended by 60% of doctors), archery and shooting (recommended by 51%) and cycling (recommended by 49%). Conversely, the least recommended activities were all competitive sports – squash (22%), hockey (21%) and rugby (18%).

 

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