Post # 1
I have about 10 lbs left to lose before the wedding and I just can’t shed them. I do almost all cardio at the gym as I’m trying to slim down (I used to be very athletic so I have a lot of muscle as is, it just got buried when I had kids). I have a lot of problems with my asthma at the gym and my doctor suggested using my inhaler about 15 minutes before exercising, however I’m still getting very winded fairly easily. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to continue losing weight, despite having severe asthma?
Post # 3
With my asthma, the better shape I was in, the better my asthma got. I had to start slow and work up to the intense stuff. My asthma almost went away after I got into the top level intense stuff! It’s definitely a person to person situation though – that might not be the case for you. You may just need to stick to lower intensity cardio.
Most weight is lost due to diet, anyway. Killing yourself at the gym won’t speed the process along by much!
Post # 4
You should add weight training. It’s a pretty important piece of the fitness component anyway, and it shouldn’t leave you as winded as cardio would. A lot of people find adding weight training helps them blast through that plateau, so I think it’d be great for you on multiple levels. 🙂
Post # 5
@crayfish: Ditto everything said here, that’s been exactly my experience. I also find that cleaner eating helps both my asthma and my weight loss.
Post # 6
Check out the book, New Rules of Lifting for Women. I also have asthma and hit a major plateau from just cardio. I added lifting (heavy weights) three times per week and some mild cardio on the off days, and I’ve broken the plateau, and see a lot more toning in my arms, legs, and stomach. Diet is important, but the best way to look at it is to just eat clean. Lots of lean protein, fresh veggies/fruit, good fats, lots of water.
Post # 7
@crayfish: Same with mine.
The worse in shape I was, the worse it was. But I can go running, do cardio and be fine. I still carry my inhaler just incase. But also eating healthy (no soda, junk food, processed food, and take out) makes a huge difference for me! Also lots of water.
Post # 8
The other thing I found helpful was taking an antihistamine as my asthma is allergy triggered.
Post # 9
I have exercise induced asthma, it doesn’t hit me with every workout but I don’t leave my house without my rescue inhaler. As my lungs and endurance improved my symptoms have lessened. What I found helpful is Bronchaid, it’s an over-the-counter pill to reduce asthma symptoms, I use it occassionally when the air in the city is heavy and I feel some tightness with my breathing. Just one pill, not every 4 hrs like suggested, side effects can include fast HR, hypertension, and nervousness- it has ephedrine sulfate as a main ingredient, which is a sympathetic nervous system stimulant. If you’re a chronic albuterol user you might not feel these symptoms as much because you’ve build up some cross-tolerance. When not abused, this medicine is safe and effective for asthma relieve.
Post # 10
Avoid the guys in the gym bathed in axe body spray or whatever it is that they use. I stopped going to the gym years ago because of all the scented crap 🙁
Post # 11
I don’t have asthma and don’t know much about it, but I wonder if exercise that had you going intensely in short bursts and then recovering in between would be better for your asthma than steady state cardio?
If so, I also recommend weight lifting. When I started, I had about 60 pounds to lose. I could not even walk down the street without getting out of breath. I was completely shocked when I started lifting heavy weights at how winded I would get from even say, a set of 8 weighted lunges. Then I would take a rest period and my heart rate would drop. I think the interval nature of lifting has really helped me to gain more endurance. Regular interval training might be good too.
Post # 12
Weight training is more important than cardio for those last few pounds! Add in some serious strength after a cardio warmup!