Is it the notorious E.I.A??
February 24, 2010 11:00 AM Subscribe
Bronchial irritation is cramping my (workout) style - is it an exercise class from hell, weed, humidity, or a combo of all there?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been exercising pretty consistently for a while now (a few times a week,) but, upon hitting a plateau, decided to up the game a bit. So, for the last four/five weeks or so, I've added Spinning to the mix which I LOOOOVE, and which has consistently left me feeling like a badass.
Problem is that I took a body conditioning class last Friday which consisted of a lot of cardio intervals (jumping jacks, toe taps on a bosu, sprints,) that left me wheezy and hacky, and like I was my 6th grade fattie self again. A doc way back when told me I had exercise induced asthma but I never used an inhaler, and I have been able to lose weight every now and then with mild cardio/weight combinations like dance, yoga, etc.
I took a few days off cardio after the body conditioning class from hell but when I went Spinning today, I felt like my chest and lungs were incredibly irritated and that I had severely reduced aerobic and fitness capacity as opposed to last week (my body and legs were was definitely struggling in a way they haven't before, too)
So, my question is - what the hell is going on? Have I triggered some sort of ashtma attack that has left my bronchial passages feeling battered and scarred? I didn't have this feeling pre-conditioning class and I don't really have the means to get to a doc right now, so I'm at a loss for what to do. Should I just take a brake from hardcore cardio-ing and stick to stuff like yoga for a bit? Possible factors:
1) I do smoke weed, a few puffs maybe every few days. But I've done this for the past year or so and it hasn't really hurt me....though I did smoke after that conditioning class, stupidly, so maybe it irritated my airways even more? I also felt a little lightheaded the next day but it felt more like I was sick/had a cold vs. not having enough oxygen or something
2) I got up 45 minutes before my class today and literally inhaled half a pb & j before class...I tend to wake up earlier and have a proper breakfast before class, but could this have affected my air capacity though?
3) Its raining today...could added humidity have played a part?
I've looked through some other threads and haven't found anything fitting my situation. Any insights would be very much appreciated!!