Post # 1
I’ve had asthma my entire life, but it got worse when I was about 10. Ever since then, I’ve really hated exercise. I really hate that I hate to exercise, as I would love to have a toned body, feel better, and be healthier. I found that I really enjoy yoga so I’ve been doing that (and some Jillian Michaels yoga workout videos), but I was wondering what other bees with bad asthma do for exercise? I find that jogging or running ALWAYS triggers asthma attacks, so until I build up some strength in my lungs that’s out. Any ideas?
Post # 3
@Ms.GoodEarth: I dont have asthma but I have anemia and very low energy as well as endometriosis, so I fnd it very difficult to exercise. When I do I am usually shattered. I also get starving after doing any exercie lol so I eat way more than usual. Anyway I did enjoy pilates when I did it fr a while so maybe you could give that a go? It made me quite toned and compared to cardio and weights I found it more managable.
Post # 4
My brother has servere asthma. One winter an ambulance was called 6 times in about a month. But he is also one of the fittest people I know. His main sport used to be swimming, which was great for him. Over time he also built up his breathing so he could do cycling and he’ll be doing his second 1000+ mile charity cycle ride this summer (he’s 19). He still has to manage his asthma, but he loves it.
Post # 5
I wish I had advice! Yoga is really the only exercise that I enjoy. My asthma isn’t very severe, but it *is* triggered by exercise and cold weather. There are so many activities that I wish I could enjoy more, but I feel miserable during and after most cardio workouts!
Post # 6
My asthma is not so severe that it prevents me from donig activities (although lately my allergies are really flaring things up), but I would suggest resistance training and work on toning, flexibility and building muscle strength. The suggestion of Pilates was spot on but you can also use resistance bands at home, kettle balls, etc. You should be able to control your breathing and heart rate while still getting a great workout. If you haven’t met with your Dr. in a while, maybe you can check and see if there is any preventative meds that may help you with prior to exercising. Best of luck to you!
Post # 7
For some reason, I hadn’t even thought about pilates! I think I’ll give that a try! Thanks for the suggestion.
@Mrs. Sunhat: I haven’t seen a doctor in a couple of years for it. I’ve been on preventative medication before, but I didn’t really like being on the extra medication and I didn’t find that it helped much except when I have really bad asthma flare ups when I’m sick. But maybe it’s worth looking into again!
Post # 8
I have asthma. For me, I pushed through the barrier. The fitter I got, the better my asthma was. Once I got into a routine where I was kickboxing 3x a week and doing yoga 1x a week, (and to the point where I felt good at every class), my asthma was gone.
I’ve dropped the ball and am not in as good of shape now, so my asthma is back.
Have you ever gotten to that fitness point to see how your lungs react?
Post # 9
Swimming is great (though I’m allergic to the chlorine… Bah. But I still don’t have as many problems as I do with running). I’ve also tried to find more energetic hobbies, like dancing, or easy hiking, etc. I also make ceramics, and working on the wheel does amazing things for my back and arms.
Also, go see a doctor. I used to have very, very, VERY severe asthma. We finally got me on the right regimen, though, and now I don’t try to die on a regular basis. Oxygen is awesome.
Post # 10
I’ve recently started strength training and I love it! I have asthma too and it doesn’t trigger mine at all. I’ve done yoga too and as much as I like it I don’t feel like it’s given me the same results as strength training has. A lot of gyms have free intro clinics for their equipment and you can find instructions for a basic routine online.