Identifying your asthma goals

“What do I want to accomplish to achieve better management of my asthma?”

We encourage you to discuss any concerns you have about your asthma and explore their potential causes with your physician or Health Educator. After you have identified a problem you’d like to to work on, setting a goal for yourself can help you address this problem effectively. Remember, your goal is the CHANGE you want to make.

bigstock-Senior-Hispanic-woman-with-bik-30820724Generally, there are two types of goals—short-term and long-term. Let’s look at some examples of LONG-TERM goals:

  • To increase my endurance for activities without symptoms
  • To walk one mile without wheezing
  • To take my asthma medication consistently whether I have symptoms or not

When you work on a LONG-TERM goal, it’s important to reduce it down into smaller, more manageable parts, otherwise referred to as SHORT-TERM goals. Remember, big successes come in small steps!

SHORT-TERM goals are small behavioral changes you make. For instance, if your LONG- TERM goal is to walk a mile without wheezing and you haven’t been walking regularly, one of your SHORT-TERM goals could be to walk one block, three times a week.

PLEASE NOTE: It is important to consult with your physician before starting any exercise
program.

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