Monitoring your Monitoring on a regular basis will help you keep it under control.
Writing down your symptoms whenever you have them is a good idea. This will provide a good record that will help you and your doctor adjust your treatment over time.
- Try warming-up for about 10 minutes before exercise. A long warmup may help you handle continuous exercise without having to stop repeatedly to take more medicine. Good ways to warm up include walking, doing flexibility exercises, or trying other low-intensity activities.
- Try to avoid your other asthma triggers while exercising. For example, if cold, dry air triggers your asthma, wear a scarf or cold air mask when exercising outdoors in winter.
- If you have been having mild asthma symptoms, consider modifying the intensity or length of the activity you do.
- Try exercising indoors when outside temperatures are extreme, or the ozone level is high. The same is true if you are allergic, and the grass has recently been mowed, or pollen counts are high.
- When first starting to be active, try increasing your level of activity gradually over time.
Remember, asthma should not limit your participation or success in physical activities - even vigorous activities like running for long periods of time or playing basketball or soccer.
Another way to monitor your symptoms is with a peak flow meter. This is a hand-held device that shows how well air moves out of your lungs. Measuring your peak flow can help you tell how well your asthma is controlled. It can also alert you to an oncoming attack hours or even days before you feel symptoms. And during an attack, it can help tell you how bad the attack is and if your medicine is working.
Here are instructions for using a peak flow meter. Don’t forget to ask your doctor to teach you how and when to use it.
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2009