Benefits of Aerobic Training in Adults with Asthma

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: What types of exercises can improve your asthma symptoms?
Air Date: 6/23/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: John P. Higgins, MD
Dr John HigginsJohn P. Higgins MD, MBA (Hons), MPHIL, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FACSM, FASNC, FSGC, is a sports cardiologist for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the Harris Health System. His research interests include the effects of energy beverages on the body, and screening for underlying cardiovascular abnormalities in 12-year-olds (6th graders), and steroid effects on the cardiovascular system.
Benefits of Aerobic Training in Adults with Asthma
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.