Asthma and Exercise
- Improves how well your child’s lungs work so they have more stamina and get less out of breath
- Boosts your child’s immune system so they’re less likely to get coughs and colds which will make their asthma worse
- Improves your child’s mood and self-esteem which can influence how well they manage their asthma
- Helps your child feel more confident about their asthma, and what they can achieve.
Exercise also helps keep your child’s weight healthy. Children with a higher BMI are more likely to have asthma, which displays more symptoms with a higher risk of asthma attack.
Lots of children with asthma all over the UK exercise and play sport every day, proving that asthma doesn’t need to hold them back. There are many inspiring role models who suffer from asthma, cyclist Laura Kenny, footballer David Beckham and runner Paula Ratcliffe for example.
You can help your child stay active by:
- Building activities into their daily routine. Walking, cycling and scooting to school, playing out in the garden and after school clubs.
- Make activity fun. Try rollerblading or skateboarding, new activities they are keen to try like dancing, trampolining, gymnastics. Fun sessions at the pool or a skipping rope that counts jumps.
- Get the whole family active. Ball games and tennis in the park, sign up for a park run, fly a kite, go cycling in the woods or get together for a Wii Fit challenge indoors.
It’s understandable for parents to be concerned about asthma and exercise as exercise can sometimes trigger asthma symptoms. Both parent and child looking after the asthma, understanding, identifying and managing symptoms, knowing when to stop and when to take the prescribed medicines at the right time are all key to keeping healthy during activity.