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Exercise warm ups?

Hi all!

I’m hunting for ways reduce my asthma symptoms during exercise. Elsewhere on this website I found the following:

“For some athletes, a ten-minute warm-up can reduce exercise-induced asthma for about two hours. The best warm-ups include high-intensity intervals.”

Anyone got any routines that they do? I’m a swimmer and occasional runner.


  1. Hi , and thanks for your post and your question - it's a good one! I am hopeful others in the community will chime in and share their own experiences managing both exercise and asthma. I have something to contribute as well.
    For some folks with an asthma diagnosis, there is something known as 'exercise induced asthma' and depending on one's specific level of disease, this can be managed effectively. I thought you might gain some additional insight from this article which focuses on this very topic:
    Have you had an opportunity to discuss this with your physician? The doctor should be able to guide you accordingly.
    What do you think?
    Leon L (author/moderator

    1. Hi! Have you ever thought about working with a personal trainer? They might be able to come up with a routine that respects your limits while helping you increase your fitness level. Of course, make sure you run whatever the routine is by your doctor first, keep your inhaler nearby and listen to your body. Good for you to continue working toward good health! 😀 -Melissa, team

      1. I think the advice Melissa made to work with an exercise professional for a few sessions might be helpful.. be very specific about what you want. A 10 min Zumba warm up might be fun and get your heart rate and oxygenation up.. there are many available on YT.

        1. thanks for sharing your POV with us and for joining in the conversation, Ann. I also agree with Melissa. A professional, such as a certified personal trainer or exercise physiologist, can help design a customized exercise plan that takes into account your asthma triggers, fitness level, and goals as well as provide guidance on proper warm-up techniques, appropriate intensity levels, and modifications to exercises to ensure safety and effectiveness. I hope finds a great workout plan that takes his asthma into account. Thoughtfully, Rebecca (team member)

      2. I used to be a runner for many years and competed in many races a year, including 5 marathons and also 7 bike tours cross country. I was not diagnosed with asthma until I stopped competing, but for a while I was still running/jogging. Using rescue inhaler before starting (and making sure I took it with me, I found out the hard way), and if you are on Singulair, taking that before exercise may help. Also I found I had to put a scarf over my mouth with cold weather (I live in Michigan and have always run outdoors all year).

        1. Wow! Five marathons and seven bike cross country tours is amazing! You must be so proud of your accomplishments. Are you still able to compete in races since your asthma diagnosis? All the best, Lauren (team member)

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