Hi all newbie here :-), I'm Emma.
I'd describe my asthma as mild-moderate - I usually need my blue inhaler at least once a day and find my chest is worse at night, in the winter months and during exercise. Having failed to get inspired by the gym (too busy) or various fitness DVD's (too monotonous) I'd like to start a running/jogging programme to improve my overall fitness and hopefully stabilise my asthma. But I have a couple of questions:
1) Are there any regular runners out there who started as beginners (like me) and have found that running's really improved their asthma? and;
2) I'm planning on training using the interval approach, so jogging for 1 minute, walking for 2 to start with and gradually building this up - is this the best way to tackle it or can anyone suggest an alternative method?
I've seen a few negative posts from asthmatics who have tried running, but would still like to give it a go so I've entered a 5k race in June as a kind of 'target' to spur me on. I've been wanting to do this for a long time but have never committed myself due to worries about my health and it potentially making my asthma worse rather than better.
I guess what I'm really looking for is some postive 'success' stories from asthmatic runners to give me some inspirtation
Thanks, Em x