As a chronic condition that impacts the airway in your lungs, the elderly with asthma can experience frequent coughing and wheezing, especially when exercising. Even individuals who do not suffer from asthma can experience exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), resulting in difficulty breathing. Thankfully, there are some exercises for asthma out there, and you do not have to make the impossible choice between staying fit and keeping asthma symptoms at bay.
Exercising Can Improve Asthma Symptoms
Did you know that the right type of exercise can reduce the severity of asthma symptoms? Improving your lung capacity over time, this means that your body will not have to work as hard to take in the same amount of oxygen. In addition, frequent exercise builds up your physical endurance and ensures that you are not exerting as much energy as you used to when performing certain tasks, such as climbing the stairs.
Exercises for Asthma You Can Try Out
Below are some exercises seniors who suffer from asthma can try out safely.
- Swimming: When compared to running and jogging, swimming is a form of cardio less likely to bring on the symptoms of asthma. You are less likely to be exposed to pollen in a pool, and the controlled temperature ensures that you are comfortable at all times.
- Hiking and Biking: You may wish to try out hiking and/or biking at a leisurely pace. If pollen is one of the triggers for your asthma, always check out the pollen count in the area before embarking on a hike.
- Short-Distance Running: If you are someone who enjoys running, short-distance sprinting will be more suitable for you than long-distance runs due to the ongoing effort required by the latter.
- Breathing Exercises: While it’s still important to take your medications according to the recommended dosage and get in the appropriate amount of exercise, breathing exercises can also help with your asthma. By moving fresh air through your lungs, the effort needed to breathe is reduced. Some examples of breathing exercises you can try out include nasal breathing and pursed lip breathing.
It Is Easy to Keep Active and Engaged at Country Club At Woodland Hills
If you or your loved one struggle to keep fit as an asthma sufferer, you may find yourself lacking the exercise you need to stay active and engaged in daily life. When you make the move to a retirement community that offers an exclusive health & fitness program such as Country Club At Woodland Hills, you will never lack the opportunity to keep fit and active. In your downtime, you can simply relax in your new home, one of our fully-equipped senior living cottages.
Making the decision to move to senior living is never easy, but can nevertheless be the right choice when made in your loved one’s best interests. To schedule a tour of our community and help you make the most well-informed decision for your needs, please feel free to get in touch with our friendly team today.