Yourwellness Magazine Gets Behind Asthma Sufferer’s Charity Climb

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Yourwellness Magazine explored the safety of exercise for asthma patients as one such sufferer prepares to climb Mount Snowdon for charity.

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On the 15th of September, a lifelong asthma sufferer will climb Mount Snowdon to raise money for an international aid charity. Gary Evans (35) hopes to raise at least £500 for CARE International. Father-of-three Evans told the Spalding Guardian, “I was anxious about the climb because as an asthma sufferer, I find breathing difficult even at the best of times. But the doctors advised me that as long as I’m aware of my condition and have the right people there, I can do it at my own risk.” (http://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/community/environment/asthma-patient-looks-ahead-to-snowdon-climb-1-5440964)

With an asthma sufferer about to embark on such a test of physical endurance, Yourwellness Magazine decided to explore whether or not exercise is safe for those who have asthma. Yourwellness Magazine commented on a review, “Physical training for asthma,” published May 16th 2012 in The Cochrane Library, which found that not only is it safe for asthma sufferers to exercise, but doing so could improve their well-being and actually reduce their risk of asthma symptoms or attacks. Review author Kristin V. Carson noted that while asthma sufferers fear exercise will bring on shortness of breath, wheezing or a full-blown asthma attack, these fears are based on a misreading of symptoms, or unfounded beliefs about exercise and asthma. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD001116.pub3/full)

Yourwellness Magazine detailed that, to come to their conclusion, the team of researchers examined previous studies that looked at the effects of physical training on people with asthma. Yourwellness Magazine commented that not exercising can be even more threatening to health than risking it with an asthma condition, as this can lead to weight gain and a higher risk of other health conditions. Yourwellness Magazine added that the study revealed limited evidence that indicated exercise improved asthmatics’ quality of life, including health benefits in other areas and an improved mental health status.
(http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/02/could-exercise-be-advisable-for-sufferers-of-asthma/#sthash.Wi8lwa4h.dpuf)

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