A Healthy Balance

Being an asthmatic Athlete isn’t impossible but is definitely a challenge. As an athlete with asthma, I’m constantly balancing my work load against my health. It’s important to understand that asthma is a beast sometimes it is dormant, nevertheless there, and needs to be managed; in managing it, it is crucial to understand your triggers, and pay attention to patterns.

In my case, my asthma is allergy induced. Anytime the Santa Ana Winds hit the probability of me having an attack is higher, or, if I am in an environment with my

allergens. Given my allergies are environmental, there are times I can’t avoid them, in these instances my plan of attack is:

– Limit my exposure as much as possible

– Use a Neti pot to rinse my nose when I get home

– Drink hot tea

– Drink juices with ginger

– Get extra rest

Even though I do all these things, there is still a possibility that my asthma will be triggered. In that case, I must accept that, I am not at my best, and training may require alterations. For instance, take more rest, do shorter reps, or back off all together. It’s better to prevent an episode and miss a day or 2 of training vs a week trying to push through 1-day.

Overall, being active with asthma is possible, in fact it is good for you. The key is to know your triggers, have a plan of action if you are exposed to your triggers, be able to identify if you are compromised, and be able to rest if needed.

I have dealt with my asthma and playing sports since I was 13, and have seen it change over the years, if you are interested in more information on how to manage it, do not hesitate to reach out.

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