Asthma doesn't have to keep you out of athletics. In fact, one study found that one in six American athletes in the 1996 Olympics had a history of asthma. Famous athletes with asthma include NBA star Dennis Rodman, Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken and Baseball Hall of Famer Jim "Catfish" Hunter.
If you are part of the 11 percent of the population who become asthmatic with exercise, these fitness activities may be more appropriate for you:
- relaxed biking
- downhill skiing
- short track and field events