Exercise—specifically high-intensity interval training—may be an effective way to manage asthma.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology researchers in Ottawa found that a HIIT program done three times per week in 20-minute bouts helped people with asthma experience clinically significant improvements in controlling the condition. One in every 13 Americans has asthma. It’s more common among women than men, and it’s the leading chronic disease in children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study included 20 adult men and women. In addition to improving asthma control, participants increased exercise enjoyment and reduced feelings of shortness of breath during exercise. Read the full report in the Journal of Asthma (2020; doi:10.10 80/02770903.2020.1766063).

 

See also: Asthma and What You Eat