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Running to Cure Asthma?


I LOVE running, but that wasn't always the case. As a kid, I always hated it. I played inside with my dolls to avoid those stupid tag games (I was always "it"). And don't even get me started on the mile run at school we'd sporadically do twice a year - I HATED running.

In college, I developed asthma and now I have to take 2 kinds of medicine everyday - if I don't, I can't even carry on a conversation without coughing. But I HATE taking it everyday.

My friend told me her husband had asthma really bad - like rush to the ER bad - and he started running regularly and it really helped.

So I gave it a try. Of course, I didn't stop taking my medication right away, I started running first. And when I say started, it was a slow start. I walked a lot in the beginning, but gradually increased the amount of time I ran, minute by minute - and now I'm up to 30 minutes.

I set a goal for myself to do it consistently, 3 times a week, and I have to say that it helped a ton. Exercising my lungs clears out any fluid I have in there. It must work for Jackie Joyner-Kersee too. Now, I can't remember the last time I had to take my albuterol.

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The most important tip I can give you is - Start off slow. You want to train your body by easing into it. Aim for 3 workouts per week and increase the intensity when you're ready.

Always stretch before and after your workout, at least 10 minutes. Warm up and cool down with 5 minutes of walking before and after you run.

And when you run, you don't have to sprint like you're running for your life - jog at a moderate pace, enough to feel your heart and lungs working.

Weeks 1-4: Start off walking 30 min - I'm talking pumping your arms and legs - brisk walking. Do this for 4 weeks.
On the 5th week: Walk 5 minutes, run 5 minutes, walk 5 minutes, run 5 minutes, and so on for 30 minutes.
On the 6th week: Walk 5 minutes, run 6 minutes, walk 5 minutes, run 6 minutes, and so on for 30 minutes.
On the 7th week: Walk 5 minutes, run 7 minutes, walk 5 minutes, run 7 minutes, and so on for 30 minutes.
On the 8th week: Walk 5 minutes, run 8 minutes, walk 5 minutes, run 8 minutes, and so on for 30 minutes.
On the 9th week: Walk 5 minutes, run 9 minutes, walk 5 minutes, run 9 minutes, and so on for 30 minutes.
On the 10th week: Walk 5 minutes, run 10 minutes, walk 5 minutes, run 10 minutes, and walk the last 5 minutes.

As you're ready, begin to increase the amount of time you're running. Walk 5 minutes, run 15 minutes, walk 5 minutes, run 15 minutes, and finish with a 5 minute cool down walk.

Then walk 5 minutes, run 20 minutes, and cool down with a 5 minute walk.

Eventually, you'll work up to stretching for 10 minutes, walking for 5 minutes, running for 30, walking for 5 minutes to cool down, and ending with 10 or more minutes of stretching.

Listen to your body and try to set a reasonable goal for yourself, and stick with it by keeping a moderate pace - no need to be huffing and puffing.

And know that everyday is different. Some days you'll want to chuck you sneakers across the room, and other days, well, you'll start running and won't want to stop.

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