January 01, 2001
Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts January 2001 Current Issue
January 2001
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Outdoor exercise during harsh winter months is a challenge for anyone. For asthma sufferers, it can be deadly.

According to Asthma & Allergy Information & Research ( and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (, just one vigorous workout in cold air can trigger exercise-induced asthma, a condition that results in violent coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath. Symptoms usually are most severe immediately following the completion of the exercise. In some cases, they can last for up to 12 hours.

Precaution, say experts, is the key to safely indulging in outdoor winter activities. Use an inhaler before heading outdoors, and bring it along with you. Wear a ski mask that covers your mouth; the air you inhale will be warmer. Warm up slowly, then ease into the exercise. Another good option: Find an indoor pool or gym.


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