People with asthma no matter what age, face a variety of challenges when it comes to health and wellbeing. Like all people with asthma, young people with asthma face direct physical impacts of their condition, as well as social, psychological, and functional impacts.
These are often heightened by developmental challenges posed by adolescence.
There is a lot of work to be done for young people with asthma and we are here to help every age group to live their life, to breathe easy.
Not just to live, but to have a full and empowered life, striving for goals and achieving them. A life without limits.
Tips for getting active with Asthma
Asthma and exercise should go hand in hand.
Regular physical activity is great for people with asthma.
1. Do a proper warm-up before exercising.
2. Get as fit as possible – the fitter you are, the more you can exercise before the symptoms start.
3. Avoid exercising where they are high levels of pollens, dust, fumes and pollution.
4. Exercise in a place that is warm and humid – avoid cold, dry air if possible.
5. Try to breathe through your nose (not your mouth) when you exercise – this makes the air warm and moist when it reaches your lungs.
Asthma symptoms after physical activity are common but can be prevented. The symptoms are usually worst 5 to 10 minutes after stopping exercise, not during the exercise.
If exercise causes asthma symptoms, tell your doctor so you can get effective treatment.
Don’t let your asthma stop you or your child from being physically active.
If you can, get involved in structured exercise training. People with asthma who participate in this sort of training feel better.
Swimming is popular for children with asthma, but doing other regular sports or activities is just as good.
Your Health Hub offers comprehensive multidisciplinary asthma care.
People with asthma should see their GP for an asthma review for at least once every 6 months.
People with moderate asthma requiring preventative medication should also have a care plan in place, and may benefit from input from other Allied Health Professionals, such as Exercise Physiologist or a Physiotherapist.
Source: Asthma Australia