A report from the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 235 million people worldwide currently have asthma. The good news is, there may be some relief for those who suffer from this illness. According to a new study, 30 minutes of daily exercise can help decrease asthma symptoms in adults.
Medical News Today reported the researchers reviewed differing levels of physical activity in over 600 individuals with asthma for the study. Results revealed that those who exercised on a regular basis, at the recommended amount of time, were close to 2.5 times more likely to have a better control over their asthma, than those who did not partake in physical activity.
Lead author Simon Bacon of Montreal’s Concordia University adds, the exercise these individuals do can be as simple as riding a bike, some yoga, or walking. The goal of the study, which was published BMJ Open Respiratory Research, was to further gain insight on asthma control in adults; as past studies have always centered on children.
Asthma patients have been discouraged to exercise in the past, as it might trigger an attack. Bacon and his colleagues advise that asthma symptoms can be avoided while exercising by taking some precautionary measures. Bacon notes that if an individual uses reliever medication (such as their blue puffer) prior to physical active, and ensures ample time to cool down properly after exercise, all should be okay.
Of the over 600 individuals who participated in the study, a 100 opted for the 30 minutes of daily physical activity; which Bacon notes, reflect the general public, as approximately 40% of the population chooses not to exercise. He encourages the public to start some sort of exercise; doing something is better than not doing anything. He also states that exercise all-year around is important; especially in the winter months when people tend to ease off on their exercise routine. Bacon also encourages those who cannot exercise outside to try the gym, or get creative: walk up and down staircases, take a stroll around the mall, and find creative ideas indoors to remain active.