Improved clinical outcomes in asthma associated with aerobic exercise

Improved clinical outcomes in asthma associated with aerobic exercise

Aerobic exercise has long been touted for its numerous health benefits, but a recent study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: in Practice has shed new light on its potential impact on asthma outcomes. The study, conducted by Sarah R. Valkenborghs, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Newcastle in Australia, explored the effects of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise training on asthma outcomes and inflammation in adults.

A total of 41 adults were randomly assigned to either 45 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise training three times a week, 30 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise three times a week, or a control group. The results showed that both moderate- and vigorous-intensity exercise training were associated with improvements in clinical asthma outcomes. Specifically, the moderate-intensity group experienced statistically and clinically significant improvements in asthma-related quality of life (AQLQ) and asthma control, while the vigorous-intensity group showed statistically significant improvements in these measures compared to the control group.

Interestingly, the study also found that moderate-intensity exercise training led to a reduction in sputum macrophage and lymphocyte counts, suggesting a potential reduction in airway inflammation. Additionally, a reduction in android fat mass was associated with improved AQLQ and reduced sputum interleukin-6, highlighting the importance of maintaining a healthy weight in managing asthma.

In conclusion, the authors of the study recommend both moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise for adults with asthma, as both intensities have shown benefits. This empowers individuals to exercise at their preferred intensity while still reaping the positive effects on their asthma outcomes. The findings of this study provide valuable insights into the role of exercise in asthma management and underscore the importance of physical activity in overall health and well-being.

For more information on the study, you can refer to the article “Effects of Moderate- versus Vigorous-Intensity Exercise Training on Asthma Outcomes in Adults” in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. Copyright © 2024 HealthDay. All rights reserved.