Go Ad-Free
logoThe People's Perspective on Medicine

Aerobic Exercise Reduces Asthma Severity

One study shows aerobic exercise helps control asthma symptoms and lowers important markers of lung inflammation.

New research shows an old-fashioned,affordable approach can help patients control symptoms of moderate to severe asthma. Apparently, aerobic exercise reduces asthma severity.

The trial included 43 adults with asthma whose symptoms were being kept under control with medications. All the volunteers got yoga breathing classes twice weekly for three months.

Treadmill Time

In addition, half were assigned to walk or run on a treadmill twice a week for 35 minutes of aerobic exercise at a time.

Lung “Twitchiness” Lessened

The investigators report that lung sensitivity to asthma triggers diminished among the participants getting aerobic exercise. The other volunteers had no changes in lung reactions. Exercisers also had lower levels of inflammatory compounds called cytokines, which are believed to contribute to airway spasms.

Check with your Doctor First

Experts not involved in the study cautioned that people with asthma should check with their doctors before starting an aerobic exercise program. While the activity may be helpful, people may need to take special precautions, such as using an inhaler before beginning moderate to vigorous exercise, to make sure that exertion doesn’t trigger an attack inadvertently.

Thorax, online June 10, 2015 

Rate this article
4.7- 9 ratings
About the Author
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
Tired of the ads on our website?

Now you can browse our website completely ad-free for just $5 / month. Stay up to date on breaking health news and support our work without the distraction of advertisements.

Browse our website ad-free
Join over 150,000 Subscribers at The People's Pharmacy

We're empowering you to make wise decisions about your own health, by providing you with essential health information about both medical and alternative treatment options.