Do you insist on going to the gym at five each morning, even when black ice coats the roads? Do you only feel good when you see a Spandex-clad version of yourself in the mirror running on a treadmill at high-intensity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s clear that you know the importance of regular physical activity.
Regular physical activity has amazing benefits. Physical activity can help you live longer and may prevent some chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure or heart disease. Regular exercise can help with your cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness. It can raise your metabolism and can reduce your stress and anxiety. Being actively involved in exercise can also maintain brain function in aging adults; along with increased bone density.
While the list of health benefits associated with regular exercise is impressive, there are certain exercise-induced conditions that you should be aware of. If left unmanaged, they can put you through more stress than what you can recover from, to the point where your exercise ability declines, or you risk illness or even death.
So what exercise-related conditions demand immediate attention? Let’s take a look.
It’s generally okay to work up a sweat when you’re lifting weights or using that new piece of equipment, but it isn’t when you are sweating profoundly. People who are in good shape tend to sweat more as they make their bodies work hard by lifting excess weights. See, if you exercise often, your body adapts to sweat, so it secretes more often. However, sweaty palms could cause the weights to slip out of your hands, increasing the chance of injuries. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should discontinue exercise. Instead, consider using SweatBlock, a clinical-strength antiperspirant to manage the amount of stress produced by your body.
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Exercise-induced asthma happens when your airways narrow due to prolonged exercise or vigorous physical activity such as running. If an individual’s asthma-related symptoms are triggered only during rigorous workouts, they are said to have mild asthma (intermittent level). However, an individual can also experience asthma symptoms that only get worse during workouts, without any symptoms at other hours of the day.
Whatever the scenario, a person with exercise-induced asthma is believed to be more sensitive to changes in humidity and temperature. Using bronchodilators and asthma inhalers before exercise sessions can control and prevent this condition. In addition, you can take a short-acting prescription 5-10 minutes before exercise. The preferred medications are beta-2 agonists like albuterol; medicines like these help the airways battle contraction and help manage exercise-induced asthma.
EIA or exercise-induced anaphylaxis is a rare ailment in which a sufferer experiences an allergic reaction. It’s a severe allergic reaction that can be suddenly triggered by exercise and could be life-threatening. It can occur at any age but usually affect people between the ages 4-74. In the majority of individuals, anaphylaxis is food dependent. When it comes to these people, food or exercise alone doesn’t cause anaphylaxis, but the combination of training and certain foods results in the reaction.
Symptoms such as low blood pressure, wheezing, and diffuse warmth in the skin may begin at any stage of a workout, but most people get an indication within half an hour after starting exercise. The treatment of an acute anaphylaxis attack begins with educating yourself on how to address the EIA shock. This requires the ability to quickly identify symptoms, stop the physical activity, and inject epinephrine using an EpiPen at your outer thigh. Medications like inhaled bronchodilators, antacids and antihistamines may also help address anaphylaxis symptoms.
Everyone’s fitness experience is different, but not knowing how to manage these conditions may affect your progress. Unless you’re a professional athlete being constantly monitored and trained, it is your own responsibility to educate yourself about exercise-induced conditions and how to manage them.
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