Due to their inability to exercise or do physical activity, asthmatics tend to put on weight. Weight gain or obesity with asthma can be fatal. Therefore, lifestyle changes are very important. Losing weight and exercising are crucial parts of lifestyle changes that obese asthmatics need to incorporate. Patients, who succeed in adapting to these changes, tend to have better control of their asthma. [Read: How to Lose Weight]
Losing even a few pounds can have a big impact on asthma and relieve asthma symptoms reducing the need for medication. Asthmatics, who are overweight, must consult a dietician to know the ideal diet, which will help in asthma management. [Read: How to Control Asthma Symptoms]
Asthma causes difficulty in performing exercises and some asthma medications increase hunger leading to weight gain. To lose weight, a patient needs to keep his/her asthma symptoms under control. He/she should have an active lifestyle. In addition to this, he/she must be aware of asthma triggers and his/her physical limitations. Asthma patients should avoid water sports or other cold-weather sports if cold air/water triggers asthma attack. Running sports such as football, soccer etc can also cause asthma attack. Asthmatics can indulge in sports such as baseball, volleyball or badminton, which have shorter period of activity. Walking on a treadmill for 15-20 minutes at an average speed every day is also a good choice. Swimming for those who do not have water-induced asthma is also a good option. While doing exercises or performing any sport, an asthmatic patient must take intervals to avoid asthma attack. Following a weight loss program that is appropriate for asthmatics can relieve asthma symptoms.
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