Community Pediatric Asthma Service

Asthma, Exercise & Sports

Asthma, Exercise & Sports

An active, healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, especially for someone with asthma.  For some people, physical activity is a trigger for their asthma, so it is important to learn how to manage symptoms. This may include being aware of weather, the type of sport or activity and how it affects you, a good warm up and cool down routine and sometimes you may also need medicine.

The key to exercise without limits is to know what well-controlled asthma is, avoid your triggers and taking medicine when needed. 

If you or your child's ability to exercise or play sports is limited because of asthma, the asthma is probably not well controlled and you should see your doctor


Exercise, Sports and Asthma, No Excuses!

Being active is important

Playing, running, swimming, skating, kicking a ball or just ‘hanging out' with friends is not only an important part of childhood, it is important for good, overall health.

Physical activity should be fun!

Children with asthma are more likely to be active if they enjoy the activity.

Exercise & Asthma

Asthma is no excuse

Improved fitness levels are actually associated with decreased severity of asthma symptoms. With few exceptions, children with well-controlled asthma can do all the things their friends do.  Remember, even professional athletes and Olympic athletes have asthma.  Asthma should not stop you from doing what YOU want to do.

Make Fitness a family activity

Good health and fitness habits developed in childhood are associated with physical fitness as an adult. You can easily make physical activity a family event whether it is biking, shooting hoops or just out for a walk.


Coach

Resources for Coaches

Coaches play an important role in the care of our child's health. With the goal of keeping coaches informed about asthma, we have found the helpful links below:


Walk | Run | Play | Breathe
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