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Updated 13 June 2014

My child has asthma. What exercise do you recommend?

Encourage your child to swim or, if you don’t have access to a pool, choose activities that require short bursts of energy. Sprinting is better than cross-country.

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Encourage your child to swim or, if you don’t have access to a pool, choose activities that require short bursts of energy. Sprinting is better than cross-country or long distance running, for instance. However, endurance exercise such as cycling or long-distance running, is not out of the question since asthmatics respond to training in the same way as anybody else.

National Asthma Education Programme (NAEP)
Allergy Society of South Africa

 

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