How to Manage Asthma While Running

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something that one has to prepare for since this respiratory condition causes troubles in breathing.

Running or joining marathons when you’re asthmatic may seem like an impossible task; but Paula Radcliffe, who was diagnosed with asthma since she was 14 years old, became a world record holder for the women’s marathon.

However, even if it is possible for someone with asthma to start running or even join running events, sufficient preparation is necessary to ensure safety. If you’re suffering from asthma and you are planning to run, here are some helpful tips you can use:

First of all, you must consult your doctor. Seek professional advice to find out the severity of your condition, the level of running intensity your body can sustain, and for you to know what medication you would need in the event you face asthma attacks.

It is wiser to take asthma medications prior to running as a preventative measure. Asthma medications will relax your airways to help you breathe comfortably as you run.

Bring emergency medication, cell phone, inhaler, and water with you. Meds, mobile phone, and inhaler will come in handy in case you get asthma attacks while running. Water will help you hydrate and will prevent your throat from getting dry – and having a dry throat is one of the most common scenarios that cause asthma attacks.

Warming up before running is important, too. You have to prepare your lungs for what’s to come and you can do so by warming up. You can alternate walking and jogging so your lungs may adjust to the exercise much easier. Don’t skip your warm up just because you’re planning to save your lung energy and use it in the actual run as suddenly running at full speed may definitely trigger an asthma attack.

Pollen and cold air set off asthma attacks so you have to do your best to avoid them. Protect your nose and mouth from taking in cold air when you run. You may also want to schedule your runs at the time of day when the pollen count is at its lowest. Additionally, take a shower after running to ensure that there are no pollens stuck in your hair. Remove your running clothes immediately as you arrive home.

If you have a running buddy, make sure that the person knows of your condition so they can adjust accordingly. Some runners who may not be aware of your condition are likely to run their normal, fast speeds; and it is probable that you would want to keep up with their running speed that you push yourself past your limits.

Cooling down is as important as warming up. Don’t stop so suddenly when you’re done running. Allow your lungs to adjust and relax gradually. It’s best to transition to a slower running pace little by little.

Running with asthma can be challenging, especially at first, but it is possible and manageable. Just keep in mind to be prepared before trying it. Don’t let asthma stop you and you will discover how enjoyable running can be.