Some of my clients suffer from exercise-induced asthma, and although they haven’t had an episode, it doesn’t mean I should ignore the precautions. Here are some general guidelines.
If you use an inhaler, bring it to training. Leave it in an area where it can be easily accessed in case of an attack.
Clients with exercise-induced asthma should have a prolonged warm up and cool down (for 15 minutes each). This reduces the risk of an attack. Research suggests the intensity should be equivalent to 60% of the asthmatic’s VO2max.
Start your program with aerobic activity and work your way up to resistance training. Walking is always the first choice, however, other forms of aerobic activity can be used and a trainer can pay close attention to your adaptations to know how quickly you can progress. Everyone is different, so some may progress faster than others; just focus on doing ‘your’ best.
Resistance training should focus on using compound exercises (12-15 reps). Always remember that exercises that use both upper and lower extremities have a greater impact on oxygen consumption and therefore, asthmatic clients will require more rest during sets.
Clients that are on long term corticosteroids such as Prednisone, may suffer from weakened bones (steroid induced osteoporosis) and have muscle wasting in their lower extremities and should avoid high impact or plyometric activity until they have received clearance from their doctor.
If you suffer from asthma and would like to engage in physical activity, but you’re not sure where to start, email Fire fitness at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-868-497-3467.
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