Post # 1
I was at the gym last night doing my usual workout (its a "fat burner" setting on an elliptical machine) and I got about halfway through and started getting really winded and my lungs hurt! It felt similar to how breathing was when I had pneumonia years ago. I don’t smoke, I’m not sick (that I know of) and I do this workout probably 3x a week! I feel like I may be worrying about nothing but I’m a little scared to try it again lest I pass out in the gym, although I don’t want to go see a doctor over nothing at all… any thoughts? Should I just take it easy at the gym for a bit?
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp
You’re probably reaching your lactic threshold!! You’re probably burning calories ANaerobically! This is bad! How often do you do this setting? I have what’s called "exercise induced asthma" – when I work out, my lungs hurt really badly (like what you described). Bring your heart rate down, and work there for a little while. Have you tried the setting on the elliptical that looks like 2 bars, then 1, then 2, then 4, then 8 — it looks like you go down a hill, then up a mountain, then down the mountain, then up a little hill to me. I’ve always used that one, and I love it! I always burned over 500 cals on that setting – way more than the fat burner setting (but who knows if those things calculate it right??). If it gets too bad, jump on the treadmill and run/jog for 10 min or so. Even with my lame excuse for "asthma", I’ve still been able to increase my lactic threshold! I can now run for an hour without my lungs killing me!
Just take it easy, and don’t push yourself past your lactic threshold (this is also what happens when you get side pains).
Post # 4
One isolated event I wouldn’t worry about. If it happens again I’d visit a doctor. It could be a number of things, you were tired, you may be getting sick (a viral respiratory infection) or any number of variables. Is this level of activity new to you? Maybe it’s a sign from your body to gradually add more exercise than you have been. Take it easy, try again by slowly working up to your normal level and stopping immediately if your symptoms present again (I’m an RN btw, not an exercise specialist). My best advice is to take it slowly and see! Good luck!
Post # 5
I do this setting pretty frequently- a few times per week- but this is the first time it’s ever affected me like this! I’ll try a different setting and keep in mind that it could be some sort of infection starting as well if it continues. Thanks!
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
You might be getting a cold or upper respiratory infection. I’ve got a URI right now and it burns my lungs to work out hard… especially in cold air. 🙁