Here's my symptoms for EIA:
- feels like something is smothering my lungs. Ever go swimming in a pool and felt that heavy chest feeling after? Or maybe had someone sit on you? Feels like that.
- feels like my airways are just not big enough, like trying to breathe through a straw
- runny nose
- non-productive cough
- occasional wheezing
I can only exert myself for a minute or so before I feel it, can push through 2.5 mins then need to rest for 1.5. Rest no longer means full stop - I can just slow down. When I was first diagnosed I could only work for about 20 seconds and had to full stop for 5 mins.
With an inhaler those windows are larger. If I exercise and keep myself just below wheezing, it actually helps to strength train my lungs so I can increase their efficiency and keep the asthma at bay a little longer and recover a little faster.
I chose EIA as my fitness focus for my college fitness requirement and did some mild self experimenting based on research and found:
- hydration levels are important! Dehydration contributes to the effects and severity of the asthma. I noticed a positive difference within 2 days of upping my water.
- breathing through your nose. Your nose warms and humidifies the air whereas breathing through your moth does not. Warm, humid air is better for us than cold, dry air.
- find the point at where you start to feel your symptoms and do your cardio just below that level.
- when wheezing, stand up straight, mouth to the sky and breathe deeply and slowly through your nose. Don't hunch over!
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