Yourwellness Magazine Notes Ways to Prevent Asthma Attacks When Exercising

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With a severe asthma attack causing American jazz star Patti Austin to cancel a concert, Yourwellness Magazine noted ways to prevent asthma attacks when exercising.

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American jazz star Patti Austin has cancelled a concert in Beijing after suffering a severe asthma attack, BBC News reported October 14th. The article, "Patti Austin cancels gig after Beijing asthma attack,” noted a statement on Patti Austin's website, which said, ‘She was taken in an emergency to the Peking Union Medical College Hospital this morning where she has been treated for a severe asthma attack in combination with respiratory infection. Ms Austin is currently resting in her hotel. Her current breathing condition does not physically enable her to perform tonight. Ms Austin is extremely disappointed about this situation since she was very much looking forward to performing.’(

Following on from this, Yourwellness Magazine felt compelled to explore ways to prevent asthma triggers, especially when it comes to physical activity. According to Yourwellness Magazine, ‘We are always been told the best way to stay healthy is to eat a diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables and take plenty of exercise. But for some people, participating in exercise can trigger a dangerous asthma attack. The cause of exercise induced asthma is not clear, but the rapid intake of dry, cold air is thought to act as a trigger. The key to avoiding attacks is by taking part in sport that offers regular breaks. There is no point heading off on a long distance run as the rapid breathing will be constant.’ (

Yourwellness Magazine clarified that sports such as tennis and football may offer asthma sufferers the chance to catch their breath regularly and take short breaks, which should prevent an attack. Yourwellness Magazine added that swimming is the perfect exercise for those suffering from exercise induced asthma as the warm humid air from the pool means it is less likely they will suffer an attack – as long as they steer clear of heavily chlorinated pools or cold pools. Yourwellness Magazine also recommended yoga for asthma sufferers, as it relaxes the muscles and involves breathing exercises.

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