I live in Phoenix, where summers are extremely hot---113 today!---and walking outdoors is often not an option. I live about a mile from an indoor mall, and on hot days I'll go over to the mall and walk a few laps. Earlier in the day is better because it's less crowded. The mall has two levels, so for an extra boost I take the stairs instead of the escalator between floors.
I always use my rescue inhaler before I work out, Dr's orders. If you don't have insurance, like another poster noted you can check with the manufacturer of your medicine, they do have programs that can get you free or cheap medicines. In addition, don't be afraid to ask your doctor for free samples; my asthma doc gets tons of samples from the drug company reps and is always willing to give a few out. If you use a generic medicine (I use a generic albuterol inhaler for my rescue med) check with the pharmacies at Wal-Mart and Target in your area. They have generics as low as $4 to $10.
Two ideas, (or variations on one), for the humidity problem ---
If you are using your AC, so the humidity isn't in the house, try walking in the house. Most houses have a 'loop' built into them (e.g. kitchen - living room - entryway - kitchen).
If you live in an apartment or don't have a 'loop', or just want more walking space, walk the closest inside mall. It's very popular in some areas, so you may even find some walking buddies as you do it. Just don't get caught up in the window shopping!
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I've got fairly severe asthma, fairly severe allergies, bad knees and a bad hip so I know where you're coming from..
Do anything that's low impact and learn to stop when your lungs/knee say to. While you have the emergency inhaler use it BEFORE you start, definitely before you reach a point where you're breathing heavy. Go slow if you need to. The most important part is that you get out there and do it.
I know cardio will help, but I never know what to do. I not only have to deal with asthma but a bad knee, so I lot the cardio work I know I can do I can't anymore because of my knee. I also don't take asthma medication, just use the emergency inhaler if I need it which I know mine is getting low and well no insurance here to see the doctor.
Any suggestions on how to get that cardio workout in?
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