View Full Version : Efficient calorie burning cardio for asthma?

05-01-2012, 06:06 AM
So im trying to lose about 20 more pounds (I have lost 60 so far), and cardio has always been difficult. Current weight is 187.5. I have trouble running over a mile and a half, I cant really bike more than 30 minutes at a good speed, and swimming gets me too. I have to stop because i cant breathe, my body isnt even close to sore.

Recently I have been putting on my hiking backpack (65lbs) and walking 4 miles (about 70 minutes)3-4 times a week, as low speed cardio seems to not
give me trouble.

I was just wondering if anybody here knows any helpul tidbits about cardio with asthma, any help woul be great as I have yet to locate an asthma specialist yet.

(double post whoops)


05-01-2012, 08:50 AM
I'm asthmatic, I make it a priority for myself to breathe through my nose. It requires more effort and my lungs get a workout too. I find that doing this make it easier for me to breathe. Oxygen absorbing adaptations will occur when you cause yourself to be breathe more heavily than normal. Otherwise you're lungs and blood vessels won't adapt to become more efficient.

Asthma is all about restricted breathing. To counter it, cause you're body to adapt more efficiently at absorbing oxygen, you will require less, absorb it easier and overall won't be stressing you're lungs with increased air flow that might cause you're airways to shrink. Control you're breathing too.

Make sure you don't make too much contact with whatever substances, like smoke or fumes, that cause your airways to shrink, it will make you more susceptible.

05-03-2012, 08:10 AM
I have excercise enduced athsma. I was diagnosed with it when I was 6 or 7 over 20 years ago. Its something I've had to deal with anytime I did something extremely physical. I consulted a doctor a few years ago and they perscribed a MaxAir inhaler for me. I take a puff of it before I do any extreme cardio activity and I feel great.

It may sound strange, but I also play the bagpipes. That is one instrument that will strengthen your lungs like you wouldn't believe. Playing for about 15-30 minutes before a workout really gets my lungs ready to work.