Exercise Can Ease Asthma
Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can help relieve symptoms of adult asthma, according to new research from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Researchers looked at the exercise habits of 643 adults diagnosed with asthma. Most previous research has focused on the effect of exercise on children with asthma.
Their findings, published in BMJ Open Respiratory Research, showed that participants who exercised 30 minutes a day were nearly 2.5 times more likely to have better-managed symptoms than those who did not exercise.
This research challenges the conventional advice discouraging asthma patients from exercising, as it may trigger asthma attacks. While exercise-induced bronchospasm certainly does happen, the researchers stressed that with proper medication, exercise can improve overall symptoms.
Additional findings showed that of the 643 participants, only 100 reported doing the 30 minutes of daily exercise, and 245 reported doing no exercise at all. That's in line with what occurs in the general population--an estimated 40 percent of people don't exercise.