How Can a Change in Lifestyle Help Control Symptoms?
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. If you need help to stop smoking please visit 'Our Services' or 'Pharmacy Locator' pages to see which Alphega branches offer the Stop Smoking Service.
For some people, losing weight can help improve lung function. Combining an active lifestyle with a healthy balanced diet may help you to control your asthma better. Several of our pharmacies offer a Weight Loss Support Service which can give you the relevant advice and support you need.
Exercising regularly keeps the heart, bones and digestive system healthy and helps keep unwanted weight off. The current government recommendation is to have some moderate aerobic exercise 5 or more times a week for 30 minutes. Aerobic exercise is exercise that increases your breathing and heart rate such, as a brisk walk, cycling, swimming, household cleaning and gardening. Find something that is right for you, which doesn't put a strain on your breathing. You should feel slightly out of breath but not have difficulty breathing. Ask one of our pharmacy team for further advice.
If you need further information or have any more questions about living with or managing your Asthma symptoms please visit our Pharmacy Locator to find your local Alphega Pharmacy.
Further Info: Asthma Check Service