The American Council on Exercise offers these suggestions to help reduce your risk of an asthma attack while exercising:
- Keep your inhaler or other asthma medication nearby, in case you become short of breath during exercise.
- Warm up for at least 15 minutes before exercise.
- Take plenty of time to cool down, and slowly decrease your activity.
- Drink plenty of water before exercise.
- Don't exercise outdoors when air quality is compromised by allergens or pollution.
- Don't overexert yourself.
- Breathe deeply, in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Don't push yourself too much. Give yourself a break, especially if it feels like you're on the verge of an asthma attack.