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11/22/08 2:58 P

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I too, am unable to do so many aerobic things, so do the treadmill in my basement, I am also blessed with having a swimming pool,, so from June-September of the year, can do any of the aerobic exercise in there,, I have an added filter on my pool called a Nature 2. It is a cartridge that spreads trace elements in the water, practically eliminating chlorine in the water!! You can literally DRINK the water in my pool! I actually have, My daughter has debilitating contact dermatitis and even she can swim in that water, but not public pools because of the required chlorine.
I live in a safe area, can walk for miles, in the dark, which I do, at 5 am on weekends with my dog,, for hours, look at the stars, meditate,,
but not aerobic,, I gasp for air in two minutes!! Same with cold air,,



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I think I've had asthma for my whole life. I was undiagnosed until sometime in elementary school. Anyway, I guess people are different, but the two things I can't do are swim or sing. I think those activities require strong lungs & I just can't do those things, even with an inhaler. My bronchial tubes start to act up in a matter of minutes if I try either one of those activities. emoticon

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My asthma was pretty bad when I had an infection in October. I am still coughing some but feeling well enough to get back in the indoor pool at the Y. I find that swimming slow laps and doing water walking/exercises really helps. The colder competition pool with higher ceilings (and no water slide) seems to bother my asthma less and I do use my rescue inhaler right before I go inside. I think swimming helps my asthma when I am well. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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11/3/08 12:06 P

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Hi,
Thanks for your post. I currently have a cold and I've been feeling upset because I can't workout when I have a cold because the asthma symptoms will take affect. Tomorrow, I'm going to see my doctor and as the meds I have now is giving me more energy. I will only do light workouts........

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I always found yoga was fantastic for toning as well as my asthma (makes you breathe properly apparently).
Unfotunately i've moved to a small town and don't have the option to continue with it, and I'm not much of a master to do it on my own, but i can recommend giving it a go if you have the opportunity.


 
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ive been lacking in energy lately and just felt lethargic .a bit depressed and put on 5 pounds in 2 weeks with eating .when i took my peakflow it was 220 .immediately ive raised my medication level i immediately felt better less lethargic less depressed and able to cope .i feel everything in my life is connected to my asthma
i nebulise morning and night at the moment .
i use flixotide diskhaler (preventative morning and night
serevent 2 morning and night and
also rely on the salamol inhaler.
i have a really good doctor in england and
am still recovering from pleurisy in september last year (left lung complications ,,i was told lining of lung stuck together)
i think what im trying to say is
that by takong my peakflow regularly and monitorung myself im better able to cope so put yourself first monitor your asthma it is so important to look after yourself or you go downhill without realising it

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For the person who does'nt have med insurance, you can buy an inhaler over the counter at Cvs, rite aid, walgreens anywhere they have a pharmacy. you may want to check on that as well.

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I'll have to try that.

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yes i get the rash too one swim and sore for 3 months .
if i want to go swimming i find the best option is to apply a cream emolient the night before and then again before i go swimming as a barrier . shower as soon as out the water then apply creams .this does work

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I also have osteoarthritis, so I have a recumbent bike at home. I had got up to 45 minutes a day in 15 minute bites, which took me from July till February to build up to, before this virus.

Swimming pools can make me wheezy, but if I use my ventolin inhaler before I go in it helps and I'm trying to find one where they use less chlorine as it can also give me a rash.

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I went to an exercise class called zumba and it was done to international music -- mostly latin music. Even though I am not coordinated, I convinced myself I looked just like the 20-something cutie leading the class!! He can really dance, and as long as i kept my eyes on him (and not the mirror) I believed I could dance too!!!

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i dance 2 times a week and thats thats my aerobic for the week.
i think if a person is unfit them what is aerobic for that person is occuring at a lower level of intensitt than the aerobic excersize of a fitter person who needs to do a higher level to achieve aerobics . so dont think you have to go running or flying around a gym .
it is any excersize that makes you intake air quicker (breathe harder) in some cases of an unfit asthmatic simply walking briskly can be aerobic ,very gradually increasing the excersize
i gained this knowledge from having a doctor sponsored excersize scheme for 1 year

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How many minutes of aerobic exercise does everyone do? And how often a week do you do aerobic exxercise?

I've been having more asthma problems, and I am wondering if I am doing too much aerobic. I used to do 30 minutes aerobic 4 times a week. Now that I've lost weight, I was trying to do 45 minutes to an hour of aerobic 5 times weekly. And I added zumba -- a kind of moving to latin and international music. This is fun and relaxing. But now I'm wondering if I am overdoing it. I am 61 years old. I used to jog in 5K up to half marathons, and would love to return to that some day soon.

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I really love Turbo Jam. I just started it this week and it hasn't really aggravated my asthma at all, without my asthma being treated (finally going back to treatment today! Yay for new doctors). I just always do the "Burn" portion on the first DVD "Learn & Burn" as gradual build up to the other more intense videos like the 20 minute workout or Cardio Party. They're so fun!! :) I couldn't believe how fast the time flew by doing 35 minutes of pretty intense exercise.

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Thanks for sharing your positive results with Xolair! I feel better after two weeks than I have in about 17 years, which makes me very happy and rather wistful at the same time. I used to play volleyball, soccer and racquetball, and would love to be more active again. You give me hope. :)

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Oh wow for wowa member! I hope you get the same good results I did. Xolair gave me my life back after two hospitalizations and not being able to function very well. I started xolair Jan 07 and by the end of April 07 I ran in a 5K race through a wildlife park and got 3rd place! (I think the regular runners in my age group went to another race that day, but who cares! I did it!)

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Just had my doctor's appointment, my IgE levels are 93. Not sure if that's good or bad, but it means I get Xolair monthly. :)

 
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I love to do the Walk Away the Pounds tapes inside. I have allergy induced asthma and hard for me to walk sometimes with all that I am allergic to but also stay tired all the time and just have a hard time doing any of it right now. I see alot of ladies on here that I have not met and hope you will help us with the challenges or let me know a challenge you would like to do. I would like to get to know all of you better and help you out anyway I can. Please let me know what I can do to help.

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Hmm, I have severe asthma, but I have always played every sport possible. Baseball, hockey, you name it. I was even on a National Team for 6 years!

I'm really not sure what it is, but the only time it really acts up horribly is when I'm on a rink that is really cold and humid.

I even played ball in Mexico and had no flare ups.

I take Symbicort twice daily.

 
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I got it about two years ago for around $100.00 at tax return time. I like it because it folds up easy, and it was cheaper than a treadmill. I wish I had one though...I have been feeling like running lately and my bratty husband said I look like the AOL guy on crack...I about died laughing.

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2/3/08 3:14 P

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I also use a Gazelle, but I imagine that other elliptical trainers would be good for working out with asthma as well. Using the gazelle, I really don't feel winded, but I definitely feel the burn in my legs after I've used it!

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a gazelle is a fitness machine invented by tony little-he is always promoting on shopping channels and wal-mart are carrying the older version



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What is a gazelle? Other than the animal, I've never heard of it with asthma.

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I think that no exercising should be attempted without an inhaler and until she got one she should not be attempting it. I am not a physican but I do know that without an inhaler I would not risk my health! Get that inhaler then workout. :-)I use Proair which is more cost effective, but does not work as well for me as Proventil.

I have a gazelle that I use almost everyday, I am able to go farther now and once this cold weather fizzles out I am planning to start walking.

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I was treating myself to a Cream Soda Pop yesterday and my asthma started to act up-so no more-I read the dark colas have milk products in them but I don't if its that or the sulphites-

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It is interesting that you mention that. I was planning to take my granddaughter to an indoor poor yesterday, and then our plans were changed.
At this point in my recovery from the last asthma in Dec., I wouldn't want to do anything to put myself at risk or have a set back.
I think I'll save the pool experience with my granddaughter for a while.
I took her roller skating last night, and she loved it. I watched because I'm not sure clutzsy grandmothers should travel that fast without having a seat belt!!!!!

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when I use to take my kids to the pool when they were younger it used to exhaust me, I feel its the chlorine-I go the beach(lake) and I am there min of 5 hours and don't feel like when I was at the pool and only be there a max of 2 hrs-

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When it comes to the ocean, count me in!!!
Unfortunately, I live in "the heartland" , otherwise known as the prairie!
My doctor just approved me going down from 10 mg prednisone to 5 mg for 3 weeks. I'm doing a long taper because I had asthma following a virus in Dec.
WOOHOO I am always happy when meds are going down!!
So far, I've been doing the ellipitcal and treadclimber at the gym. Hope that doesn't change as I go down in prednisone.

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I was told swimming is great for asthmatics but I didn't swim at the pool, I use the beach in the summer, I also don't like the smell of the pool

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It is very common for asthmatics to have problem with swimming pools for the reason you sited. I have the most trouble with hot tubs and have stopped using them.

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That is good to know.
I have allergic asthma, and I've been wondering if the chlorine in the pool is bothering me. I know swimming is an excellent exercise, but I'm not sure.....
It seems like I drag my face and mouth right above the surface of the water. Does anyone else have a problem with pools?

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I have exercise induced asthma and I've noticed that swimming affects me the least of everything I do. Which is good because I LOVE swimming. Also the elliptical effects me a bit less than the treadmill... but I thinks it's because it works the most similar to the elliptical. I'm thinking it might be because of the motion of your arms helps open up your chest so you are able to take deeper breaths.

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what are your IGE levels?

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I'm glad to hear a good review on xolair - I'm scheduled to start taking that treatment at the end of the month - I'm excited!

 
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I had a year of no asthma with xolair treatments, and then got a virus in Dec. that triggered the asthma. With lots of TLC, I'm working my way back.

I am able to exercise an hour on the elliptical or treadclimber and do strength training -- I've just had to lower the intensity of the aerobic exercise.
I was so discouraged in December -- AND I'M
BACK!!!!!! YES -- it is so good to feel hopeful and offer hope to others. There is life WITH asthma!

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I have asthma-at one point my lungs had 50% capacity and I wasn't able to do surgery-I couldn't do a flight of stairs without being ill, other exercises would cause me to be physically ill-once my allergies were known-I felt better/air conditioning-better again/8 years ago I quit smoking-extremely better-I went 2 yrs ago and my capacity is back up to 85%, it won't get better than this with the damage from the numerous types of infections & smoking but I and the Dr's were very pleased with the substancial increase-it took time to increase my level of activity-I now can bike ride 6 miles, walk 6 miles-it seems the only time I now get an asthma attack is from a food reaction and sometimes even a drink (alcohol or even pop)-my inhalers I hardly use-it does get better and your lungs will improve but it does take time and believe me a lot of patience-I started with leslie sansone 1 mile walks and couldn't even do one now I can do pretty much anything but it took time and committment

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I have been a member of sparkpeople for a few weeks and just found the Asthma section. I have adult asthma and had trouble with exercise too. You must do something to get an inhaler. Exercise induced asthma can be managed with a rescue inhaler. I was instructed to use my inhaler 30 minutes before exercising. Doc says that asthma will usually show itself after 30 minutes. I tried this and it worked allowing me to walk farther, faster etc. Now my lungs are so much better I don't have to use it.

If you live in a cold climate be sure you wear a scarf over your nose and mouth. It is important to be sure you are breathing through your nose. The nose is our built in filter and humidifier. This may have been the most useful advise I received. I found that I was so short of breath that I was breathing through my mouth only making things worse. It took a bit of practice but it sure makes a difference. However, I do not exercise outside if the temp is below 45 as it will bring on my asthma.

Hope this helps

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I've been slowing down my intensity right now because I am having asthma and taking prednisone. But I feel so much better and MORE POSITIVE when I do exercise. It really helps mentally and physically. I wear a heart rate monitor, so I can see when I am exerting myself more than I want to.

Doctors have forms in their offices (or should) that they can fill out for you to apply to drug companies for prescriptions if you can't afford them.

You have to find a doctor who is willing to ask his/her nurse to do the forms for you. I work in a student health center, so we help students when they are no longer on their parents' insurance.

I believe that the most expedient way to get an inhaler is through a health clinic though. And the clinic would also have forms for medications and probably have more experience filling out the forms.

I've been reading on a free allergy and asthma site that warming up slowly is very important. By letting the tissue in the airways warm up slowly, there is less risk of the tissues heating too fast and then becoming dry and irritated. Send me an email if you want the link to the free site.

Most of all -- exercise. I was just coming on this site tonight to see what other people were doing to exercse during asthma, so I was glad to find your post.

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Before my coverages kicked in at work my doctor would give me the free samples of Sigulair, Advair, and Ventolin that the drug companies gave to them. If you have a good doctor who really tries to work with you to control your asthma, they might give you those samples, if they have them.

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Yup. Walk, Walk, Walk! You'll be able to go a little farther each week as your lungs get used to it and get stronger. Breathe through your nose and out your mouth so that you stay in control and it doesn't get away on you. If it's cold outside put a scarf around your mouth so that you breathe in warmer air that won't irritate your airway. I find all of this works for me. Keep at it!! emoticon

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Hi and welcome! I am new to this board but have been with SP for over 3 months now.
Asthma can really kick you in the rear when it comes to exercising. I have had asthma for as long as I can remember but was only diagnosed when I was 22. I remember trying to run at school and barely being able to breathe. It was horrible. After I had my first child the asthma went away and only started back a few weeks ago. I just want to get back to cardio!
Anyway...welcome to the group. :)

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The best thing I can tell you is walk. The reason I say this is because it is easy to control, and if you start to feel yourself getting out of breath, then slow down until you can comfortably increase your pace. I have to do this all the time, because I tend to try to walk too fast, and when I do then I start to have chest pain and get out of breath so I slow down a bit, and it seems to work pretty well. I have exercise induced asthma, as well as problems when I get around too many chemicals, such as paint, new carpet, etc. I don't have insurance either, so I don't know if there are other allergies that induce the asthma attacks or not. But keep walking!

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You WILL feel tired in your muscles if you're just starting and you HAVE to work it! The first month or two of hard work will stink and that's what you have to do to get yourself in a good place for working out. I don't have health insurance, either, and I wasn't able to afford health care when I was underemployed. Go to your communities health clinic - you may have to look up the location on the city's services page. You may have to sit in a waiting room for a while to get an appointment, but they will be able to give you an inhaler. If that doesn't work, sign up for a class at your community college so you can use their health clinic.

The arobic excercise that works best for me is biking or swimming. I never swim because I don't like to be seen in a suit. But I bike a lot, it's easier on me than running. I like to run, too, but I have more limitations there. One thing that really gets me going in a fun way is to use a hilly excercise trail at a park near me - it's pretty strenuous and fun! YES, it WILL make your legs sore until you work through it! I don't belong to a gym, but I did buy myself a treadmill with my tax return last year. Everything I do is oustide. Go to the park and walk around two times (fast), then do sqauts, lunges, and find a bench to do step-ups onto, dips, push-ups, etc. You can find all these excercises here on Sparkpeople.

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3/31/07 2:41 P

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it's good, and important to start slowly! Walking is just perfect for now. THen, when you're comforable, try walking a little faster. Try looking into a free or low cost medical clinic in your area to try to get an inhailer.

I have two small kids so I don't get out much. I do strenght exercises at home with small dumbells, and one of those big balls. Spark has great demos, and good short videos too.

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Try yoga. Something simple, and gentle, that you can do daily. Work at your own pace, and it will help strengthen your lungs. I've just started about 3 weeks ago, and I've gone from waking up 3x a night to only once. I'm hopeful that eventually my lungs will become stronger and I'll be able to do more.

It's working for me :) Good luck!

 
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Hi! I'm new. :) I just started Sparkpeople not long ago, and I was wondering if you guys had any advice regarding which exercises are good for people with asthma. I had constant asthma when I was little, but as I got older it kind of switched to exercise-induced asthma. Not really handy for a diet. I haven't had an inhaler in years, because frankly I wasn't doing a lot of physical exertion. I don't know if I can afford one now because I have no health insurance to go to the doctor and to pay for the drugs.

Right now my exercise mostly consists of walking. I try to walk whenever I can- work break at lunch, when I get home, etc. Since I'm new, my legs are killing me. I'm assuming/hoping that that will go away when my body gets more used to it. Are there other good exercises though that you guys would recommend? Ones that I could do at home or in my neighborhood would be best. I work full time and there's just one gym (Gold's Gym) in my town. All of my friends are in the next town over (I recently moved), and I'm a little scared of going there by myself. Plus, I have no idea how much monthly membership costs, and my free time is pretty limited.

I'm not making this easy, am I? emoticon

Here's to hoping!

 
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