Reach your personal "gold medal" with asthma.

Asthma is the most common chronic condition among Olympic athletes, affecting 8% of the competitors globally. Having asthma does not mean you cannot overcome it and be the best. Some famous athletes with asthma who have won medals include: Tom Dolan (swimming), Amy Van Dyken (swimming), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (track & field), Bill Koch (skiing), Greg Louganis (diving), & Kristi Yamaguchi (figure skating). Asthma should not be used as an excuse not to exercise. Here are some tips to achieve your best performance and reach your personal "gold medal":

1) Use short acting bronchodilator inhaler (albuterol) 10-15 minutes prior to exercise

2) Warm up prior to and cool down after exercising, at least 10 minutes

3) Keep well hydrated

4) Exercise indoors during high pollen/ozone days, extreme temperatures (hot or cold)

5) Restrict exercise when you have a respiratory tract infection