Looking after yourself
Taking good care of your health by eating a healthy diet, giving up smoking and exercising regularly can make a big difference to your asthma and could help to reduce your risk of any associated conditions such as heart problems. Exercise can be particularly helpful and if your asthma is well controlled, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t aim to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise five times a week.
“A regular workout helps to improve how well your lungs work so you have more stamina and get less breathless,” says Andy. “And it helps to boost your immunity, too, so your asthma is less likely to be triggered by coughs and colds.” Exercising regularly makes 37 per cent of people with asthma feel much happier and healthier overall according to a recent survey by Asthma UK – so it’s definitely worth a try.