Countering the previous studies which say that asthma patients should not exercise as it might trigger shortness of breath and attacks, a new study says that regular workout can reduce symptoms of asthma. According to researchers, just 30 minutes of daily exercise can help asthma patients.
The study was based on analysis of 643 asthma patients. The study authors observed their exercising habits, number of hours they spent working out and type of exercises they did. 245 patients reported no physical activity while 100 patients regularly did 30 minutes of workout. What researchers found was against the previous studies apart from being mind boggling. Study authors noted that participants who were engaged 30 minutes of physical activity daily were nearly two-and-a-half times more likely to have good control of their symptoms, compared with those who did no exercise.
While explaining, Lead author Simon Bacon said that it is not necessary to workout heavily instead 30 minute of brisk walking, riding a bike, doing yoga or doing light workout in gym can significantly reduce asthma symptoms.
Previous studies have discouraged asthma patients from doing any workout as they it was believed that these patients have shortness of breath and exercises might trigger breathing attacks. However, Bacon argued that with simple precaution an asthma patients can dodge such shortness of breath and breathing attacks.
While explaining the precautionary measures Bacon said’, ” if you use your reliever medication, blue puffer, before you exercise, and then take the time to cool down afterward, you should be okay. Even if you have asthma, there’s no good reason not to get out there and exercise.”
Moreover, most common systems asthma are, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, etc.
The study was published in the journal BMJ Open Respiratory Research.