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COLT2008
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10/19/10 3:01 P

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Hope you were able to get answers from your doctor.

Both my sons and I have asthma and the symptoms are different for each of us, but for my eldest and I we have the hardest time doing cardio indoors even if using our inhaler 15 to 30 minuntes beforehand. At home where we can open windows during our workout it is easier. In spring his track team practices in a pressuredized building (don't know how to explain it other than it is like a tented airbubble with 2 sets of doors inwhich only one set can be open at a time or it causes a HUGE wind tunnel even on days without a breeze) he struggled so bad at first that it wasn't until they practiced at another gym that he realized it was the building not him. He has the same probems everytime he's there so the coaches have 2 alternative practices for him to limit his time.

So, if your gym has windows....can you open them or crack them open just a little bit and be the one next to them? and do you notice a difference from working out indoors vs. outdoors even with allergies?

Edited by: COLT2008 at: 10/19/2010 (15:02)
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KKSTEIGERWALD
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10/9/10 7:55 P

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You'll get better too; keep staying positive!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL
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10/9/10 8:04 A

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I'm glad to hear that you are going to the doctor. I have two tips about breathing.

1) Make sure that you are inhaling as much as you can before you exhale. Sometimes when we get short of breath, we start breathing very shallow and don't take advantage of our actual (albeit diminished) lung capacity.

2) People with COPD are taught to use "pursed lip breathing", I sometimes do it when I'm running to help control my breathing. Simply purse your lips and blow out against them through the hole you have made. It actually helps on the exhalation to get the air out.

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NATALIA0306
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10/8/10 10:23 P

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Yes i actually have my appoinment to address the issue on monday :D im glad to hear you got better, it helps me stay positive! :)


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KKSTEIGERWALD
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10/8/10 4:01 P

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Hi Natalia! Have you spoken with your doctor about this? When I met with mine for the same reason she recommended that I use my emergency inhaler 15-30mins before doing cardio every time I work out. She also put me on a stronger daily medicine. I've gotten better and can workout without the emergency inhaler first. I would suggest that you meet with your doc if you haven't already. Welcome to the team and best wishes!


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NATALIA0306
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10/8/10 12:31 A

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Hi im Natalia, im 22 and i had asthma since i was born until i turned about 12 years old, then after i had my first kid asthma came back and its worst than i ever experienced it before, I started going to the gym and its so hard! i have no problem with the strenght program but i cannot finish a tae bo or spinning class and it feel just wrong having people staring at you because they think you are lazy and they dont know you can barely breath, i am however trying yoga as well and i hope this strenghens my lungs, what are some tips to keep control of your breathing when doing cardio? thank you so much for the advice!


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