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theschmidts4 03-03-2008 09:48 AM

Need Cardio but have Asthma
I've been lift steadily for the last two months. I'm getting some great results but I'm not losing weight like I want to. I try to run but I have asthma pretty bad and it's struggle to do .5 mile. Is there any other cardio routines that are effective but have a lower impact? Is that an oxymoron?

Pitysister 03-03-2008 02:42 PM

what do you take for your asthma?

J-Rock 03-03-2008 03:14 PM

I reccomend you talk with your doctor and get medical advice.

Pitysister 03-03-2008 03:18 PM

when i used to run...i always just used my albuterol inhaler before and after...worked ok for asthma was never super severe could be if i didn't catch it in time :)

EricT 03-03-2008 03:54 PM

Yeah, my wife was told to just use here inhaler a bit before she exercised...a short acting one, albuterol like pity said I guess. But your really really should ask your doctor about it lie J-Rock said and it may be he/she prefers you use a certain type of inhaler before. Also try to breath through you nose as much as possible.

I have also read, but I don't know if it's true, that asthmatics may do better with humid things like indoor pools. I have bad lungs from scarring on the lungs so it's the opposite for me.

theschmidts4 03-03-2008 04:46 PM

I currently take Advair 250mg (Steroid) twice a day and Albuterol as needed. I'm doing quite well now, but if I do not take the steroids I get pretty bad. I've asked plenty of doctors about exercise and they all say to basically be careful when testing my limits.

Pitysister 03-03-2008 05:05 PM

albuterol is fast keep it handy when testing yourself :)

theschmidts4 03-03-2008 06:02 PM

I hear ya there. I've had plenty of trips to the E.R. You hear that alot of people grow out of asthma but being that I'm now 29 I don't know if that will apply to me. It sucks!

Pitysister 03-03-2008 06:17 PM

i only had to hit the ER once and i was too young to remember...i'm about the same age and it's not going anywhere...getting worse perhaps...but not better :)

good luck man.

theschmidts4 03-04-2008 07:50 PM

I appreciate it.

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