Will changing my lifestyle help reduce my symptoms? 

Even small improvements to your lifestyle to make you fitter and healthier may help reduce your asthma symptoms.


Exercise regularly
Exercising regularly keeps the heart, bones and digestive system healthy and helps keep unwanted weight off. Exercise is good for everyone, including people with asthma. While it is true that exercise can sometimes bring on asthma symptoms, there are lots of steps you can take to prevent this from happening, such as taking your reliever inhaler immediately before you warm up.


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Team sports such as football or hockey are less likely to cause asthma symptoms as they are played in brief bursts with short breaks in between. Yoga can swimming can also be particularly good exercise for people with asthma. However, the chlorine and cold water in swimming can trigger some people’s asthma.


Lose Weight
For some people; losing weight can help improve lung function. Combining an active lifestyle with a healthy balanced diet may help you control your asthma better. We can offer you further advice and support to help you lose weight. Please speak to your pharmacy team for more information.

Stop Smoking

Smoking is harmful to everyone, especially for people with asthma as it can permanently damage the airways and reduce the effect of some asthma medicines. Please speak to your pharmacy team for advice and support to help you stop smoking.


Asthma can cause a variety of symptoms including:

  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

Not everyone will get all of these symptoms. Some people experience them from time to time, while a few people may have symptoms all the time.