The best and worst exercises for asthmatics

Exercise with asthma is not a problem in most cases, but there are those for whom asthma makes it very difficult to try to exercise because exercise causes them shortness of breath and many other symptoms. We reveal to you the best and worst exercises for asthmatics.

We will tell you right at the beginning that having asthma should not stop you when it comes to exercise. There are even Olympians who use anti-asthma drugs while doing sports professionally.

The key is to keep your asthma under control, take medication regularly, and carefully choose the exercises that work best for you.

woman exercises walking


One study conducted on adults with asthma showed that walking three times a week, 12 weeks improved their asthma control and exercise level, and without attacks.

They started their half-hour exercise with five minutes of warming up and ended with five minutes of cooling down. In this case, warming up is of great importance because it raises your tolerance level.


Yoga is recommended for people who have asthma precisely because of the control of breathing that yoga encourages, because breathing exercises activate more areas in the lungs. One study found that people who practiced 2.5 hours of yoga a week after 10 weeks reduced their use of asthma medications.



Although it is not a sport that is too popular for our climate, try it if you have asthma because it is a stop-start sport that is much more recommended for asthmatics than sports where activity is constant, which can be a trigger for asthma attacks.


Golf is not only a good therapeutic activity that calms thoughts, but it is one of the activities created for asthmatics. Due to the combination of swinging a stick and walking, it is recommended for people with asthma, but you should pay attention to pollen if you play golf outside.

Racket sports

Tennis, badminton and other racket sports allow you to expand your energy level on the court with regular short breaks between points played when you can calm your breath and drink some water. The great thing about tennis is that you have control over physical activity all the time and you can adjust the intensity of the game to yourself.

the man swims


Swimming is the most ideal sport for asthmatics because you breathe in air that is quite humid and mostly warm, and time spent in a horizontal position in the water can encourage the movement of mucus that has accumulated in the lower part of the lungs.


Volleyball is a sport that is a little more active than golf and baseball tennis, but it is also recommended for asthmatics.

Worst physical activity for asthmatics

Football. Given the intensity of the game, football is a sport that is not recommended for asthmatics because it comes down to constant running, but if you are physically fit and play sports, you can try.

Basketball. In basketball, there is simply too much running, jumping, passing to get into playing this sport. But there are exceptions in this case, Tyson Chandler is an NBA player who was diagnosed with asthma in 2004.


Exercises that can be both good and bad for asthmatics are:

  • Cycling
  • Jogging
  • Skiing

If you have asthma and really want to be physically active, consult your doctor who will take into account your physical predispositions and recommend the best for you.

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