MY CHILDREN GOT SICK FROM SCHOOL AND BROUGHT IT HOME TO ME AND WHEN I GET A COLD IT TAKES FOREVER FOR IT TO GO AWAY! YOUR CHEST FEEKS LIKE SOMEBODY IS SQUEEZING REALLY HARD AND YOU ARE BREATHING OUT OF A STRAW NOT GOOD!
I find it does take longer to recover from a cold and exercise with asthma. I can exercise after a cold but I reduce the intensity to match my breathing needs. I can climb stairs but not as fast or for as much time for a few weeks, for instance. As for endurance, you can do 10 minutes of exercise and then stop and do another 10 later if you feel able. As I begin to feel better, I try to do more. Your body will be honest with you and guide you to the amount you can safely do. I don't know if this was much help but it is an affirmation that other struggle with exercise and asthma.
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For me I also have the allergies and take shots for them which helps me not get as many colds and I usually do. As for how long would be really up to you. As long as your stopped up and having any chest tightness I would go easy on the exercising. Good luck to you.
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Here's a question: how long do you 'take it easy' with a cold? The rule of thumb for most people is not to workout when sick. However, I find with asthma it can take several days after cold syptoms to subside before my breathing is normal again.
The last time I was sick was about three weeks ago. I generally use an HFA inhaler before working out, and felt fine until I went through the gym and could barely make it through 45min on the stairclimber. I actually had to stop at 30 because my breathing was so bad, I was sweating like crazy, and was afraid that I wouldn't be able to make it home from the gym. Three weeks later, I'm finally feeling better.
I also find that as an asthmatic with allergies I probably get more colds than the average person (I used to get bronchitis frequently before I started treating the allergies). It makes it hard to stick with a workout regimen, as I feel like I'm constantly starting over.
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