The runner's guide to managing asthma

Running with hayfever

If you’re an asthma sufferer that runs regularly then you’ll know that there are few things more irritating than having your run or jog brought to an early end by painful symptoms.

Over 5 million people have asthma in the UK and, although it is generally quite easily managed, that does not mean that you will not sometimes experience the symptoms. Cardio exercises are among the most common triggers for symptoms of asthma and, because it generally mixes physical exertion with an outside environment, few cardiac exercises are as likely to trigger symptoms as running.

Asthma symptoms can vary from person to person and range from light coughing and chest tightness all the way up to a full asthma attack. Though it is unusual, asthma can even lead to hospital treatment in some cases. As a runner you are likely to risk symptoms each time you begin so it is extremely important that you know how to manage them. It might not seem like much at all, but even something as simple as an extra inhaler left alongside your running shoes could make the difference if you ever needed help.

We have just published a new article here with advice on managing your asthma.