Post # 1
So, I’ve never been any good at sports. I’m not incredibly unhealthy but I do have reasonably severe asthma, which has always affected my ability and stamina. I walk everywhere and I try so hard to keep fit and I am sick to death of almost passing out at karate. I enjoy it and I push myself, but I can never do as much as everyone else.
Tonight I nearly passed out again. Apart from anything else it’s really embarrassing – I’m only 24, and I’m average weight so it really shouldn’t be as hard as this! Plus it means I have to sit out part of the lesson. Does anyone have any tips for improving my stamina? I eat well, drink enough and I’m on top of my medication. Plus, I’ve gradually tried to increase my activity levels – I’m at karate twice a week, and I walk between 3 and 5 miles daily. I really can’t think of anything else I can do to improve this situation. It’s not like I’m planning to run a marathon or anything – I’d just like to get through an hour and a half session of karate without getting shaky!
Post # 3
@clumsylawyer: What did your doctor say? Maybe your asthma medication needs to be changed?
Post # 4
I’m thinking this could be related to your asthma. I have it too and I have a limit, which is like my line that I can’t cross otherwise I’ve pushed myself too far and I end up shaky and dizzy. I work out pretty frequently and I still can’t seem to get past that line. I absolutely can’t run because of it, which sucks.
Post # 5
@BoxerLady: I recently had my medication increased to a higher dose, and it’s improved my asthma symptoms significantly. Although now you mention it, perhaps it could be a side effect of the dosage, as it’s only really got bad since it’s been changed.
Post # 6
I have pretty bad asthma too.
I say tone it down a bit. The amount of exercise you’re doing for the severity of asthma you have will definitely wear out your lungs and make it hard for you to breathe/inevitably make you pass out. Maybe try walking less in a day.
Just make sure to keep your puffer(s) handy in case you ever need them.
Post # 7
@orchidaloha: Running is a no for me too and it sucks! It makes me feel about 100 years old.
Post # 8
Go see a doctor. And ask about seeing a cardiologist. Its possible it has nothing to do with your level of endurance or asthma, but other items. Its also possible it is your asthma, but better to know why. You dont want to play games like that.
Post # 9
I had severe asthma as a child. I was one of the lucky ones that “outgrew” it, but my lung capacity is still horrible. I am not very athletic, but I don’t know if that’s why, or if I’d be like that anyway.
Are you sure this is because of your asthma though? If you’re getting shaky it might be a blood sugar issue, especially since you’re working out for such a long time.