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7/15/08 12:08 P

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I have severe asthma and have a hard time working out 2. I started doing water aerobics before some mornings at the Y & I think it is helping my breathing and endurance. I also try to take several very short inside walks during the day, only 5-10 minutes at a time every few hours. When I am feeling good, I believe that exercise helps my lungs. I also take a lot of meds. I use a Xoponex rescue inhaler before exercise and it doesn't give me tremors like albuterol did. I just can't exercise outside much with my asthma but have found ways around it. Good luck everyone in exercising! emoticon emoticon

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7/14/08 4:18 P

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I found these articles (and you can get spark points for reading them, too)

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7/8/08 8:24 A

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I know that it was hard for me to build my lungs up until I started the maintenance inhaler. I take one called Pulimcort and I like it real well. My daughter takes Asmanex but I felt it did not help me at all. The Pulmicort makes a big difference for me in my breathing and feel I can breath deeper with it. My peak flow results really improved with it also. Also you might try Advair. That is also one that people like also. I try deep breathing exercises like you find in yoga that also helps control the lungs. Talk to your doctor and see if he would also have any ideas for you. Mine is really great about that with me and helps me alot. Good luck to you.

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7/7/08 11:45 P

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How long have you been on this plateau? Is it your asthma that is holding you back, or is it just normal out-of-breathness? (sometimes it is so hard to tell)

I hit a block on stairs. For months, I could not get past the fifth floor. I talked to a friend of mine about it - he said he hits plateaux like that, too, where you just can't seem to get past that point. It took me a couple of months, but I finally got up to 5 and a half. Not a lot of progress, but since it is outside, I'm just going to maintain that and not push it. Dr. told me to do cardio indoors :(

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7/7/08 10:49 P

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I used to take Asmanex, but had some crappy side effects from it, though it did have a measurable improvement on my asthma. I could try others, but I was wondering if there are certain ways of training or working out that can help build my lung stamina.

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Do you also take a maintenance inhaler also. I take pulmicort twice daily which is a powder inhaler as well as albuterol for relief. Singular did not help me any at all. It might be that you need something more for maintenance.

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I've been trying to steadily increase the amount of cardio that I can do, but I'm hitting a wall. I just run out of steam and lose my breath and can't keep going for longer than 30 minutes in my target heart rate range. I take Singulair daily, and use my albuterol inhaler prior to workouts. Any tips?

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