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I get really out of breath when I run. Should I just endure it, or should I run until I get tired?

Asked by ChocolateReigns (5619points) April 3rd, 2010

I know the first thing people are going to say is to go to the doc and get looked at. I have been looked at, and I have mild asthma. I have the inhaler, and I use it before I do anything that might make me get out of breath. But sometimes it doesn’t help completely. I got looked at again, and the MD says I’m just out of shape and I need to run more. I try to, but I get out of breath. So should I just run until I get out of breath, or should I keep going and remind myself that it’s making me stronger?

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rahm_sahriv's avatar

What are you on to manage your asthma?

What does your doctor say about a work out plan that goes along with managing your asthma? If he has no suggestions and his only suggestion is ‘you are out of shape and need to run more’ without taking into consideration how it makes you feel, get a different doctor and get rid of this quack.

mrrich724's avatar

Running until you get out of breath just makes you out of breath. Continuing running after that increases your athleticism and builds muscle (including your heart) strength.

I had more than “mild” asthma. Everyones body is different, but for me, I didn’t use the inhaler before I ran, I just carried it with me and used it when I was feeling like I needed a breath.

rahm_sahriv's avatar

Asthma is treated differently that it used to be. It used to be something you managed the acute symptoms of. Now they have different kinds of medicines used to strengthen your lungs that are used in concert with the rescue inhalers.

I would, however, read the possible side effects of such medication carefully and weigh the severity of your asthma before using them.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

No, take it easy until you get fitter, don’t force yourself!

Pandora's avatar

I say walk till you can run. You simply may have to cut back a little till you build your endurance. You may be going at it too quickly. Also try to control your breathing as you run.
Try to steady your breathing by breathing in deeply and try controlling your exhale by doing it slowly. When running people will breath in shallow breaths and exhale quickly. You don’t give your lungs enough time to get all the oxogen you need. With enough practice this will become habit.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

You need an exercise program that is carefully designed by a rehab specialist under the direction of your physician. Don’t take specific advice from any amateurs when it comes to your health.

Just_Justine's avatar

I think as Pandora stated start small. Why go running before you can walk. A brisk walk might be better to ease yourself into the idea of endurance. Plus will be a pleasant experience if you are unfit.@rahm_sahriv those medications sound good are they cortisone based?

LuckyGuy's avatar

Are you asking “Is it better to push myself or quit?” You already know the answer. Your doc said you are out of shape and that you need to run more. If that is too much, try brisk walking with arm weights. Anything to get you moving.
I don’t know how old you are but now is the time to start getting in shape. It will never be easier.
That goes for all of us.

MarcoNJ's avatar

Uh, I would probably cut back on the running and try walking. Then gradually build up my endurance & speed, monitoring my breathing until I felt I was fit enough to run. I don’t know about you, but being found on the road from passing out doesn’t sound like a good day.

philosopher's avatar

As @MarcoNJ says you can build yourself up to running.
It would be best to work out at a gym and have help.
I have mild Asthma. I am usually fine.
I have been working out my whole life.
I can not do things like blow up balloons or that testing device Doctors give you. I could if I used an inhaler but I rarely do.

philosopher's avatar

@ChocolateReigns
You can build yourself up gradually but you should have someone their to be sure your safe. When your pushing yourself.

tranquilsea's avatar

Try running in intervals. Start out with really small runs, say a minute, followed by a brisk walk of 2 minutes. Keep the intervals going for 20 to 30 minutes. You can eventually work up to 2 minute runs, followed by a good period of walking. Then 3 minute runs etc.

mattbrowne's avatar

It might have to do with your lactate threshold. I got that problem too. A test costs 50 bucks or so. They prick your ear lobe while you exercise on a bike.

philosopher's avatar

Stretching helps and a warm bath. Not too hot.
I also get pains in my legs from lactate acid build up.
Interval training does work very well.

rts486's avatar

I suggest you endure it. That’s the only way you’ll become better at running. If you quit everytime it hurts, you’ll never get better. Don’t worry, your body will make you pass out before you can really hurt yourself.

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