(Closed) Out Of Breath…

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 17
3253 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

PP’s advice about running inside does make a difference… when I first got back into running, doing it in an air conditioned environment was totally helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 19
418 posts
Helper bee

If you’re new to running, the Couch to 5K running program is for you. Take it from me, I hadn’t run in a few months because i totally messed up my ankle after slipping on some wet rocks along the coast. I got back into my running mode for 3 months prior to the injury and messed up my knees to the point where I had a bad limp for a couple or weeks. And now, 2 months later, I still feel pain while walking down stairs and from biking for too long.


Take it easy.

Post # 21
1040 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@elenagilbert:  I’m BRAND new to running, and definitely had this problem. I could walk forever, but only run a couple hundred feet. The way I solved it was through the Couch to 5k program, or something like it. You walk for 5 minutes as a warm up, then alternate walking and running in increasing intervals. I started at running 30 sec, walking 2 min. and increased it from there. Eventually, your body will adjust to the running, and you’ll be able to run longer and longer.

Post # 22
3580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The good thing is that the more you run, it becomes much easier to run and breathe.  Now when I run, it’s not my lungs slowing me down, it’s my muscles! It just takes time.

Beware that you might have excercise induced asthma.  It happens and it’s not the end of the world.  If you find in a month that you still have the same issue, get thee to the doctor for a breathing/jogging test. 

What I did notice though after a night of slight alcohol imbibing is that my lungs aren’t nearly as efficient when they’re even the slightest bit dehydrated (they’re tight, mucusy, etc), so make sure you’re eating and drinking well and then just keep at it a couple times a week and by week three you should feel a lot better.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 23
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yep, you just need to up your endurance. And you might have exercise-induced asthma (I do and can’t run because of it). But you probably just need to increase your endurance. 

Post # 24
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

A lot of people just starting out make the mistake of running too fast. Start out slower than you think you should go, and as you increase the time spent running your speeds will naturally increase as you become fitter. 

Post # 25
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Try intervals — do 1 minute walking, 30 seconds walking, or whatever interval works for your fitness level right now. If you are a beginner, don’t try running for long periods of time right off the bat. Gradually work up your intervals so you’re spending more time running than walking. This should increase your lung capacity and help with your fitness level to where you can eventually start running for longer periods of time. Good luck and congrats on starting running!

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