Training Zone

You are doing something amazing to support Asthma UK and we want to help you as much as we can whilst you prepare for the challenges ahead.

We've gathered a variety of training plans along with expert advice from nutritionists and physiotherapists to make sure you are doing everything right by your body throughout your training.

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Training plans

Excercising with asthma

Here at Asthma UK we believe that having asthma doesn't have to hold you back from taking part in any sporting event. In fact, exercise can help your asthma. 

James Cato has been a sports therapist for eight years, before that he was a GP Referral Consultant where he often worked with people who had asthma, providing exercise programmes to clients to improve their condition.

See James' handy advice on exercising with asthma in the videos below:

Warming up to prepare for exercise

Sports therapist, James Cato explains how to warm up safely before exercising when you have asthma.

Video: Warming up to prepare for exercise

Sports therapist, James Cato explains how to warm up safely before exercising when you have asthma.
Transcript for ‘Warming up to prepare your lungs for activity’

0:05 The best warm up exercises for people with asthma are exactly the same as for anybody without asthma.

0:10 What you’re trying to do is mobilise yourself and prepare yourself for activity.

0:13 You’re trying to get your lungs warm, your whole body warm, and get ready to exercise.

0:18 So, you start off with mobilising exercises, things such as leg swings,

0:22 you’d move on to your activation exercises, so something could be as simple as doing a few squats.

0:27 And then you move on to your heart rate raisers,

0:29 which is where you’re starting to get active and start to breathe heavily and prepare your lungs for exercise.

Enjoying exercise when you have asthma

For more advice on how to manage your asthma during exercise, visit our asthma and exercise page or call our Helpline on 0300 222 5800 to speak to one of our specialist nurses.

Nutrition 

If you are pushing your body to new levels of fitness it is essential that you have a healthy and balanced diet. Fuelling yourself correctly for training and keeping well hydrated will enhance your performance and your experience.   

Stretching and injury prevention 

You should stretch before and after you exercise. Before you set off you should focus on dynamic stretches where you are moving your body, increasing blood flow and warming up your muscles. Afterwards, static stretching where you hold a stretch for up to thirty seconds is best.

Keeping up your fitness levels following an injury 

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