Keep up the good work! It's tough to work out when you're just not "in the mood". Props to you for going for it anyway! I find that even small amounts of cardio, broken up throughout the day, improve my asthma. On really cold days-either from the cold itself or people's chimney smoke-I choose to stay indoors and do a tape. I love "walk away the pounds" tapes because they're not complicated and you can choose how much you do!
I joined CURVES on Thursday, 10/18/2007. My program is 5 days a week (Monday thru Friday) of Circuit Training for one hour with my heart-rate between 70% and 85%. 15 minutes of stretching before & after each session.
After missing two weeks at CURVES (Due to travel), I resumed my work-out this morning. I went to bed last night with the intent to get up and go to CURVES this morning. However, when I awoke this morning, I just wasn't "feeling it". (The drastic temperature change, awaking to my "monthly friend" this morning, fatigue from my trip, having a "rough night" with my asthma during the night, etc.) Knowing the feeling I get from working out, I DID go, but...with the plan to "take it easy" and to do just strength training exercises. However, upon arriving, I thought that since I was there, I may as well give the entire circuit a try...AND I DID! After my 15 minute warm-up stretches, I did an hour of COMPLETE CIRCUIT TRAINING. I felt like my heart-rate was at about 85%, but it was only at about 70%. I used my inhaler 15 minutes prior and had to use it again halfway thru my work-out. So, although my asthma was a bit of a problem today, I felt really good after...physically & mentally!
For those of you with "exercise-induced asthma"...
Inhaled medications taken prior to exercise are helpful in controlling and preventing exercise-induced bronchospasm. The medication of choice in preventing EIA symptoms is a short-acting beta 2 agonist bronchodilator spray used 15 minutes before exercise. These medications, which include albuterol, pirbuterol, and terbutaline, are effective in 80 to 90 percent of patients, have a rapid onset of action, and last for up to four to six hours. These drugs can also be used to relieve symptoms associated with EIA after they occur.
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