Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

Is it Safe to Exercise With Asthma?

If you have asthma, exercise can help you feel better and improve your breathing. It’s usually safe to exercise if your asthma is under control – meaning you don’t need to use your inhaler more than once or twice a week.

If you have exercise-induced asthma, use your inhaler about 15 to 20 minutes before exercising. Keep it handy during exercise in case you have problems. Be sure to talk with your doctor before you start an exercise program.

Good activities for exercise-induced asthma include:

  • Swimming – Moist, warm air is less likely to trigger asthma flare-ups. Check with your doctor if you’re sensitive to chlorine fumes.
  • Exercising indoors – walk inside on a treadmill or find another indoor activity if cold weather could trigger an attack.
  • Yoga – builds strength and flexibility, and is relaxing, which helps calm breathing and lower stress.

Dr. Alappatt explains: Is it Safe to Exercise with Asthma?   


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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine