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Benefits of Aerobic Training in Adults with Asthma

June 23, 20159 min
What types of exercises can improve your asthma symptoms?Asthma occurs when you have inflammation in your air passages that results in the narrowing of the airways that transport oxygen from your nose and mouth to your lungs. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the current number of adults suffering from asthma is 18.7 million.If you're someone who has asthma, you might think that exercise would worsen your symptoms. However, certain types of aerobic training can actually boost your cardiovascular health.What is falls under the category of "aerobic training"?Aerobic exercises include any type of cardio that stimulates your heart and breathing rate. This type of exercise requires your heart to pump oxygenated blood to your muscles that are doing the work.What types of aerobic exercises can you do to improve your asthma symptoms?John P. Higgins, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the different types of aerobic exercises you can do to help reduce your asthma symptoms.

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