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1/31/09 9:08 A

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I do Turbo Jam - when I first started, I could barely breathe 2 minutes into the routine. I would take 2 puffs of my Bricanyl before working out, and STILL I had to rest frequently. But I'm happy to say that after 4 weeks of following the routine (working out 5 days/week) I can do the whole routine without getting really winded! emoticon
Persistence is key!
You can do it!! Start slow, and build as your lungs get used to the effort.
let us know how you're doing!! emoticon

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1/22/09 1:02 P

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You might want to try a mini trampoline. I start out slowly and take 5 minute breaks every 10-15 minutes. This seems to work for me.

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1/19/09 2:20 A

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What preventative medication do you use? Maybe it needs to be reassed or you might need to build up your tolerance a little more. I would say stick to the swimming, don't push yourself to hard. Try using a flutter board to hold on to and kick with your legs.
Or do slow laps back and forth.
Good luck!!!

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1/17/09 12:05 P

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I agree that running is great exercise. I just started trying to get back into it earlier this month. I stopped about 3 years ago because I had asthma, back problems and knee problems. But my younger sister, who's had two back surgeries just joined the military, and I figured that if she can run, so can I.

I have a lot of conditions that will probably prevent me from ever being a marathoner, but there's nothing that says I can't do a 5k. So, armed with an inhaler, a knee strap, (and after many visits to a chiropractor), I am doing just over 2 miles, with a 35 min run/ walk interval on an incline and feeling great. I plan to eventually increase my speed and distance, but right now it's just about building up my muscles and lungs to the point where I can run the entire 35 min on a mixed terrain.

The trick is to push yourself gradually, and when it starts feeling easy, to kick it up a notch. You can even start by walking, but you still have to push yourself. I think using an interval program on the treadmill is great. My rule is the slower the speen, the higher the incline, The max speed that I can walk is 4.3 and the min I allow myself is 3.7 (on a 7.0 incline). My running is anywhere from 4.5 (slow job) to 6.0 with a 1.0 incline.

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12/10/08 10:26 A

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I get the "wow, you're asthmatic and you RUN?" a lot. And for the longest time I thought that because I'm asthmatic I couldn't run.

Most definitely not true. Running is tricky in that you have to start VERY VERY slowly, moreso if you have asthma. Most, if not all, beginner runners start off too hard, and too fast, wheeze, gasp and die and then quit. Slow and steady is the key. Of course there will be times when it's hard - I had one of those wheezy runs last week on my long run, but stick with it and you'll get there.

There's no doubt in my mind that taking up running has been one of the best things that I've ever done for my asthma. Try it and I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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RAVENCAT1 Posts: 29
12/9/08 6:08 P

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Thanks to all for replying, you guys are a huge help! Its also nice to know that I'm not the only one who's not a big fan of running :)

Keep the ideas coming if you have them, I love it! When I get some great ideas, I'll share as well lol

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12/9/08 5:14 P

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I never run, cannot tolerate it,, but have a treadmill and basement stairs,, that is the extent of my equipment..
we are in a winter storm right now,, got plowed with abou 9 inches of snow since 4:45 this morning,, it is 5 pm...
I was out shoveling and that is all it took, after working 9 hours at my job,

I cannot tolerate the cold air, so use the tread and stairs!! When I do go outdoors, I use a scarf or dust mask..

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12/9/08 1:13 A

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Exercising outside in the cold air can be a challenge. If you can't exercise outside without such a severe attack can you walk in the indoor malls or somewhere else that is indoors? Lots of malls have groups that routinely walk for exercise. I do stair climbing at work for exercise and haven't had a problem. Stair climbing burns lots of calories (100/7 minutes).

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12/8/08 4:36 P

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I only walk and do the walk tapes inside my house so I can breath. It has always worked for me.

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12/8/08 2:23 P

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I hate jogging. Actually, I hate the word jogging. Believe it or not, you're actually running! And I LOVE running. Running's awesome. Gets you outside, burns tons of calories and all you need are some decent shoes.

The key with running is to start out SLOW. Really slow. If you've never run before, try the Couch to 5k plan, here:

www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181
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It's the plan that got me running oh, about 2 years ago. Now I do duathlons, half marathons and the like but 10k is my all-time favourite distance.

If you have exercise induced asthma (like me) then warm up well. Walk for say 5' before getting going, longer if need be. Carry your reliever inhaler (the blue one) and USE it if you need to. You'll probably need to use it before each run at first - I only use mine when I'm running in the cold (this weekend was -8C) or if I'm running hard.

And run slow. Seriously, even if it's only 0.1mph above your walking pace. You should feel like you can carry on a conversation during your run periods.

In God we trust, all others bring data.
- W. Edwards Demings

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
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Specificity, specificity, specificity.
-Andy Coggan

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12/8/08 1:47 P

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I'm new to this group and very excited to be here :)

I tried to jog (slowly) this morning and I had one of the worst asthma attacks I have ever had.

Im getting frustrated because it seems like everything that I try results in a major asthma issue. I tried swimming, which was fine but I'm not very good at swimming so wasn't really getting a lot out of it exercise was.

Jogging is now out, apparently.

What do you use?

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