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.
How do you cope?
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