A new study published in the BMJ Open Respiratory Research has analyzed the exercise habits of 643 participants who have been diagnosed with asthma.
Research participants who participated in at least 30 minutes of exercise were nearly two and a half times more likely to control their asthma, compared to the control group with no exercise. Only 100 said they engaged in the optimal 30 minutes a day; 245 reported doing no physical activity.
“We’re not talking about running marathons here,” said Simon Bacon, the study’s lead author and a professor in the Department of Exercise Science at Concordia. “Just 30 minutes a day of walking, riding a bike, doing yoga — anything active, really — can result in significant reduction of asthma symptoms.”
“The issue of exercise-induced bronchospasm is real — but if you use your releaver medication, blue puffer, before you exercise, and then take the time to cool down afterwards, you should be okay,” he said. “Even if you have asthma, there’s no good reason not to get out there and exercise.”
“Those numbers reflect the population in general,” said Bacon, who is also director of the Centre de réadaptation Jean-Jacques-Gauthier at Hopital du Sacré-Coeur. “We need to keep in mind that doing something is better than nothing, and doing more is better than less. Even the smallest amount of activity is beneficial.”
Doctor’s have previously advised their patients not to engage in strenuous physical activity; this study reveals that exercise control asthma and reduces bronchospasms.
Simon L Bacon, Catherine Lemiere, Gregory Moullec, Gregory Ninot, Véronique Pepin, Kim L Lavoie. Association between patterns of leisure time physical activity and asthma control in adult patients. BMJ Open Respiratory Research, 2015; 2 (1): e000083 DOI: 10.1136/bmjresp-2015-000083