Exercise induced asthma problems is pretty common. Some people end up being instructed by their doctor to just use a puff from their inhaler shortly before exercising every time (though don't try that unless you talk to him first, you may not need it and the medicine is stressful to your body).
One of the things I've found is that a lot of dealing with asthma comes down to feeling like you know how to handle it. If you panic, it makes things worse, so feeling like you're in control of the situation (such as by having your inhaler nearby) is a big benefit.
Caffeine also helps with asthma symptoms for many people (and the little energy boost isn't bad for exercise either) so I often try to have a little bit of coffee or tea before exercising.
It's also good to periodically check in on how you're breathing while you exercise. One of the things that lungs dislike is dry air, so as much as possible it's a good idea to breathe through your nose so that your sinuses have a chance to moisten the air before it reaches the lungs. It's also good to check in because after a while you can often start to recognize the early feelings of slight tightness in the way the air's moving and that way you can react early (by slowing down so you can breathe through your nose for a few minutes, sometimes taking a few gulps of water helps me too).
This is something you're going to have to learn to cope with at some point, so the sooner you start the sooner you'll feel like you're controlling it rather than letting it control you.
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There is really now way to know the answer. It could have been just a one time thing. Were you sick around the time when this happened? The only thing to do is be sure to have your relief inhaler and try at it again. Also talk to your doctor about it and see what he says.
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I have a question. I joined a gym earlier this year and I was going 3 days and week and loving it until April.. I had asthma as a child but it reacurred 3 yrs ago, so working out I never had a problem until April. I was on the tredmill after a normal routine and as I was doing the cool down at the lowest speed possible, it hit me.. I was shocked and freaking out, I over came it but it scared me out of going to the gym, so I quit and now I've gained more weight and really miss the gym.
I am worried that it will happen again? What do you think and do you think it'll happen again? I just want to know before I spend my money on another membership.
Thanks in advance.
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