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2/1/09 10:06 P

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I have 2 children who have asthma and one who doesn't. The two that have it are grown and have their's under control most of the time.

My 7 yro old has seen what my asthma attacks are like and it really scares him. I will do as much as I can with him, but he knows that if I say I have had enough, it is time to slow down and move on to a different kind of activity.

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MOMBIRD4's Photo MOMBIRD4 Posts: 67
2/1/09 10:03 P

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I did this when I was in school, but without a doctors note, you had to do what everyone else was doing.

Now I don't use it as an excuse unless I am really sick. Like the last couple of weeks. I have done some very slow in home walking, but I have had to end using my nebulizer afterward.

I do tend to take it a little easier when I am sick or have had multiple attacks.

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1/26/09 2:45 P

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Nope, I have never used it as an excuse. There are times if I have a bad cold that I simply cannot work out or i get so I can't talk, then I have to use my nebulizer. It's safer for me to just not do it when I can't. So far, I haven't had any trouble this year.

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1/25/09 9:32 A

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I think I at one time used it more as an excuse than I do now. Why not? My parents would not let me play sports until I was in Jr. High and the asthma symptoms lessened and eventually subsided until I was in my mid twenties.

Unless I have a really bad cold that has meant I was using my inhaler more often and feeling depressed, because many of the asthma medications make me feel depressed and not able to get out of my own way, I do try and go on and exercise... and usually like myself better after I have exercized.

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EJESQ2003 Posts: 445
1/17/09 11:45 A

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@Wongerichi: I've been taking your advice about the antihistamines and I think it's working! I take 2 benadryl before I work out, and then more benadryl at night, along with Astelin nasal spray. And although I still feel a little itchy, it's definitely manageable.

Two workouts down, and many more to come!!!

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1/12/09 5:37 P

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@ Wongerichi

The thought of using an antihistamine before exercising had not occurred to me. I use an inhaler right before working out, and take Sybmicort, Nasonex, Singular and Zyrtec every night.

I did go back to the gym today, after sitting it out for a week. I was able to do a 35 min interval workout: walking at 3.7 mph on 6.0 incline, and running at 5.5-6.0 mph on a 1.0 incline. And my body actually felt strong....

I guess the trick might be to push yourself when you can, and take it easy when you can't. And for me, that might mean keeping up the yoga.

As for outdoor sports, I've actually considered purching a HEPA facemask to wear when the pollen count is bad. It might look a little weird, but if it helps, it might be worth it.

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1/12/09 4:57 P

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EJESQ2003:
Have you tried antihistamine tablets? The over the counter, non drowsy ones especially. I swear by Reactine.

Like you, I'm allergic to dust. And trees. OK, not ragweed but leaf mould. But I run and bike, both training and racing, in all weathers, in all seasons. I did have to back off the racing in the fall when I overdid it with the leaf mould (cross country race followed by 2 hours leaf raking) but after 2-3 weeks I was back in the groove again.

The antihistamines work wonders for me. I pop one about 10-15 minutes before going outside and I'm good to go. I have a longer warmup if I feel like my allergies are going to be a problem.

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1/11/09 11:02 P

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@ JenHolly: I actually do work out inside. The problem is that I'm also allergic to dust, and there is a lot more dust than you'd think in gyms. Not to mention allergies to oak and ragweed that make outside workouts difficult when the weather is good.

I do also have issues with my throid that may also be to blame. It's just really, really frustrating that everytime I try to get back into exercise something knocks me down again. And if its not one thing, it's something else.

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1/11/09 7:11 P

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EJESQ2003 - I had the same problem! I talked to my dr about it, and he said that wasn't too uncommon with asthma, and told me to work out inside. Yeah, right, I thought.

But I listened, got a trainer for my bike, and now ride my bike inside. It has made an amazing difference. Do you think it might work for you?

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1/11/09 1:51 P

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I just don't know anymore. I started back with 30min walk/ jog about a week ago. And after two workouts I started having extreme fatigue and cold symptoms that lasted a week, and even had white spots break out in my throat.

But it seems like EVERY time I try to get back into working out, I come down with some sort of ailment. So, I'm completely unsure of how much intensive cardio I'll be able to do on any long term basis, and that is extremily frustrating. But, I know not to push myself when I have symptoms, because the last time I was literally afraid that I wouldn't be able to make it home from the gym.

I have started switching my focus to yoga and strength training. That I can do even when I'm not feeling 100%.

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1/7/09 11:55 P

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GENERALJINJUR, I think your post is a great example of a reason, not an excuse.

If my asthma is acting up, I get tired (lack of oxygen to the brain, perhaps?) When I'm tired, I can't get motivated. And I'm less likely to even THINK of exercise!



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1/1/09 4:09 P

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I am guilty. I too will opt out of exercising if my asthma is flaring up. I'm afraid to make it worse. I am going to do better this year and throw away the excuse. I'm finding if I exercise for 10 - 15 minutes, take a 5 minute break, then repeat that I can survive. I hope to keep it up and eventually get to 30 minute intervals.

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12/31/08 12:39 P

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I never really thought of it as an excuse. If I can't walk across the room without seeing stars, exercising is going to knock me out, not help me! Continuing to push through an asthma attack has never gotten me ahead (though it has gotten me many emergency room visits over the years). I'm better off slowing to a crawl when my lungs are bad and waiting until they clear before picking up the pace.

 
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12/12/08 4:01 P

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I did for a bit and when I told my doctor her gave me singulair and now I have no excuse.

~*Tis a gift to be simple tis a gift to be free tis a gift to come down where we ought to be and when we find ourselves in a place just right, t'will be in the valley of love and delight.*~


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12/12/08 11:47 A

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I too have used it myself but getting better about not.

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12/12/08 11:39 A

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I never use it as an excuse. If my asthma is playing up I'll at least start the workout and then adjust it as necessary. Last weekend I had a 1hr run planned, which is a distance I'll run with no problems. However, after 20 minutes I couldn't shake the tightness in my chest so I did run:walk intervals (20 mins run: 2 mins walk) to get through it.

However, if I'm racing and my asthma plays up, I'll just suck it up and carry on regardless. I'm far too competitive to stop!


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12/12/08 11:18 A

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I have used this excuse in the past, as recently as last week because it was really cold outside and I didn't want to make it worse. I think our kids just want some attention when they ask us to do something with them and we should offer an alternative when we're having problems.

My kids don't understand what it is like to have asthma and I don't want them to think that I just don't want to spend the time with them.


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12/12/08 10:17 A

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I'm just curious - how many of you use your asthma as an excuse NOT to exercise?
I sometimes find myself saying "I can't breathe very well today, so I shouldn't exercise & make it worse - maybe tomorrow if I feel better"......
Anyone else?

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