Older, plumper, faster, stronger: asthma, jogging & Pavlov
September 10, 2013 12:39 PM Subscribe
I'm a life-long asthmatic, I take a steroid inhaler (preventer) daily and use a reliever inhaler regularly. I'm trying for the second time to complete C25k. I had to stop the first attempt due to life getting in the way. Second time round, I swear just the anticipation of sessions I did before is enough to make my chest tight. I'm struggling so much lately I've abandoned the programme and just go for a jog for as long as I can, which is 20 -30 minutes. That's ok, and I'm sure as far as exercise goes is better than nothing, but I honestly never even get to have tired legs before I have to stop; because I stop when I run out of breath. So I'm not totally unfit in grandma terms. I walk everywhere, dance, stretch well, am flexible, can easily get off the floor without using my hands. I'm not bothered about my (2st over)weight. But I'd like to able to get to the point where jogging makes me tired, and I think this automatic chest-tightening - and associated panic - is a reflex from a lifetime of asthma being an issue.
posted by glasseyes to health & fitness (23 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've checked previous asks: more medication is not the answer. More medication as far as asthma is concerned means a head-buzzing, arms-tingling, heart-thumping rush, without breathing necessarily easing, because basically that stuff is speed. I'm talking about if, on a run, I have to take the inhaler, and then still breathe with difficulty and have to take more, after I've already had a dose 15 mins before the run starts. I'm sure this is more psychological than physical. But then, just because it isn't physical, doesn't mean it cannot kill you.
I'm looking for some way to overcome my conditioned reflex to getting out of breath, which is,
1/ sit down and take your medicine, quick
Of course panicking is a very good way to bring on a full blown asthma attack.
Are there any asthmatics with tips about this? Are there any like mechanical fixes for asthma that people have tried? I seem to remember there was some Russian cure that involved taping your mouth closed at night and not taking the medicine tho have no idea if it even worked - but is there anything people have done fitness- or lifestyle-wise that improved the condition, and their confidence about the condition? But please, not the vacuuming your mattress every day stuff. Please assume that I'm either taking or have rejected from experience, all current official medical advice on asthma.