Exercising with Bronchitis
When is it safe to return to exercising with bronchitis?
Exercising with bronchitis is a strict no-no, as it is a below-the-neck condition. But, how long you should keep away from your fitness routine depends on the severity of your health condition. On average, symptoms of bronchitis take at least 2 weeks to heal. However, a more serious condition, or lack of treatment may prolong its symptoms. You are the best judge of the right time to bounce back to your daily active lifestyle. After you feel better, you can gradually return to exercising rather than all at once.
Exercising with Bronchitis: Exercise-induced Bronchoconstriction
Exercising with symptoms of below-the-neck diseases can aggravate your condition. It will also defeat the purpose of being under treatment. Other bronchial diseases may also occur if you exercise with bronchitis or asthma.
Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, or EIB, occurs when the bronchial airways narrow down as a result of physical activities. This condition was previously referred to as exercise-induced asthma. A vast majority of people with asthma also have EIB. However, not everyone with exercise-induced bronchoconstriction has asthma. In case you still want to exercise with bronchitis or EIB, a medical expert can recommend a diet and treatment plan so that you can work out without causing yourself harm.
Causes of EIB
EIB occurs when water or heat, or both, gets drained from the bronchial airways while exercising. Inhaling while exercising with EIB dries up the airways, as the air outside is drier than the air in your body. The symptoms of EIB may start a couple of minutes after you start exercising. They may continue for as long as 10 to 15 minutes after you have wrapped up your workout session.
Certain conditions during exercises and sports activities can trigger the symptoms of EIB. These include:
- Temperature during hot yoga
- Pollution during a run or while cycling
- Chlorinated water while swimming
- Dry air while playing hockey or ice skating
- Carpets, new equipment, or air sprays in a gym
Symptoms of EIB
These symptoms may be experienced by anyone, even those who do not suffer from EIB. However, it will be more pronounced and severe for people who exercise with bronchitis or EIB.