Running and asthma

Need some advice please is there anyone else that has asthma and goes running. Normally just have Symbicort in the morning and night but have had to use blue inhaler in the daytime the last couple of weeks. Should I use the inhaler before I go running or are there any breathing exercises I could use. Only been diagnosed for just over a year so still a novice at what to do. Any advice gratefully received.


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  • Hi JenB65

    I've got asthma and run too. I find it gets worse during the changing of the seasons, so maybe that's what is making you need your salbutamol more. Anyway I take two twists of 400mg symbicort morning and night. 20 mins before a run I take two puffs of salbutamol (blue inhaler) as I was told this would help by the asthma nurse. She also said to take it any time I need during exercise as well and not to worry about it.

    Hope that helps :-)

  • Thanks I will try that tomorrow night when I go out. I only completed C25K just before Christmas and gutted that last couple of weeks I have had to stop during runs for a few seconds just to get my breath. 😃

  • Have you tried running with a buff covering your mouth and nose? Sometimes I find that helps with the cold and damp while I warm up. I also normally take two puffs of blue inhaler after the warm up walk as I tend to find it hard to take the inhaler while jogging, though I do still try sometimes :-P

  • Hi Returning2Run used inhaler before run last night and was so much better thanks for that advice 👍🏻

  • Hi everyone its lovely to see all the support, I too have asthma and find it hard sometimes just got some lovely new tablets from the docs after it not being under control for the last 5 months and still take my inhaler I'm on fostair, so all systems go for me now. I still take my blue inhaler 20 minutes before my run and it does help and using a buff too. I'm currently in training to do my first 10k, scary times ahead. You could try doing yoga or Pilates as thats good for your breathing also, I do yogalates which I find helps and swimming is another good one for the old lungs too. Happy running everyone.

  • Hi clareabell took your advice and used inhaler before run and was so much better, thanks for that advice 👍🏻

  • Thanks for responses will definitely take inhaler before run tonight. I have tried covering mouth and nose with snood but got hot and bothered lol. Only completed C25K in December so still a newbie but have come so far, running between lamp posts was difficult a year ago. 😀🏃🏻❄️

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