Walking and asthma
"It's been a bit of a climb to adjust to this and to using a puffer but I won't give up now. It's the whole package that really helps - being outdoors, being active and being with people."
Tracey, walk leader
If you have asthma, improving your fitness can be a great way for you to increase your lung capacity and help you to relax. Walking is a great way to improve your fitness - building up slowly and getting faster or walking further as you progress.
Before you start
Make sure you take a few sensible precautions. Use your reliever-inhaler at least 30-minutes before you start - and take it with you. Make sure you warm up with some gentle exercise first and build your breathing rate up gradually.
Breathe through your nose and your mouth. And try to avoid pollution by keeping away from busy roads - especially during rush hour. Make sure you take it easy on cold, dry days - try breathing through a scarf or fleece when the air's cold.