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1/13/18 11:43 P

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Some great advice. Thank you. I'm going to start intervals tomorrow.

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1/12/18 11:20 A

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The other posts have lots of good practical advice about getting started. I would also recommend reading inspiring stories about people with asthma who have become athletes. I know that sort of thing helps me immensely when I start feeling discouraged or frustrated (I don't have asthma but other issues).

One person to read about is President Theodore Roosevelt, who was asthmatic and yet was famously fit and active. He did judo and gymnastics and was a great outdoorsman.

Discipline is simply choosing between what you want now and what you want most.


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1/10/18 8:45 A

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Thank you

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1/9/18 10:50 A

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Based on your current exercise program, I'd recommend starting with a walk/jog program like the previous poster suggested. Here's a link to some our 5k training programs that might be a good option for you:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
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Hope that gives you a start. Let us know if you have more questions.

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1/9/18 10:40 A

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Jen: I've been doing 30 minutes of bike and 30 minutes of the elliptical. Also, I'm only jogging at about 2.8 mph which most people are able to walk at. I have short legs but I try to take a short stride as well.

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1/9/18 6:39 A

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Hi Carissa

A few things come to mind. First, are you trying to run too fast? You shouldn't be breathing that hard so quickly, so you might need to slow down the pace considerably. Second, what kind of exercise are you currently doing? That can help determine the best place to start.

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1/9/18 3:38 A

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I told my allergist that I felt like I had exercise-induced asthma. I wheeze and whistle when I run (especially after working up to it) and even at a fast-paced walk. I then cough for 4-6 hours afterwards no matter how much water I drink to the point of chest hurting. He started me on ProAir Respiclick (which is breath-activated and in powder form instead of aerosol) and it works wonders! I always use it 15-20 min prior to any cardio and if I have to, afterwards.

If that is not an option, the best thing to do is to work up to it. Start with walking only for a few days, then move up to brisk walking. If you feel up to it start doing walk/jog intervals. I usually start with 3 minutes of walking, 30 sec-1 min of jogging or the best I can do. If I can't make 30 sec then I just do my best and try to best and try to beat that time next time. Eventually the goal is to reduce the amount of time you spend walking and trade it in for jogging. It takes awhile, about 6 weeks or longer to get up to jogging. I would also only start with 3 miles. Once you can jog the 3 miles, then start the intervals over for 3.5 or 4 miles.

Runkeeper is an awesome app cause it tells you how many miles you've gone and how long it's been. It also has interval timing if you want it,

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1/9/18 1:20 A

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I've always wanted to try to become a runner. Unfortunately within 15-25 seconds of running, I feel like there is an elephant on my chest and I can't breath. It's my asthma, I know it. I recently met with an asthma management doctor and he is wanting me to set a goal of at least being able to jog if not run. With that being said, send me all your advice for getting started to becoming a runner/jogger. Thanks in advance!

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