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Hi I have had asthma since I was 18 , just out of the blue , I have always done some sport of some kind and use my inhalers always as instructed.

in the last few years I HAVE SRARTED RUNNNG and my asthma is hindering any improvement in speed increase x any tips,,,, cold weather for me is the worse disilabating

Iam now 45 enjoying off road races but slowly !!!! before I got asthma I was an excellent county runner x

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Ive been asthmatic most of my life and until becoming brittle 10mths ago have always exercised hard (was a trainer in fact!). In most cases its perfectly possible to train hard as an asthmatic, many top athletes are - Paula Radcliffe for example.

Id always take my reliever before training and always had it on me. In cold weather allow yourself a long warm up, a scarf over your mouth will warm the air before it hits your lungs. Be meticulous taking your preventer (regardless of whether you exercise!).


In most cases training will actually help the asthma as your lungs will become stronger and more efficient. I used to find distance running particularly good as you get into a steady rhythm with your breathing and legs working together.

Good luck with it!

I feel a complete hypocrite as at present I cant actually climb the stairs, but I do know the theory!!


Hi yep I do all of the above and run up to 20 miles regular, its not the running or the distance its the actual speed , how do I improve this, as I just Get out of breath if I up the pace . generally speaking I go from a 10 min mile down to a 7.5 min mile on a good day ??? hope you can help . I wear a snood through wind n cold , summer I run in coolish temps of the day . have a red striod base inhaler I take three times a day and blue before I run , this is always in my bum bag with my ipod , as I like music to distract my breathing sounds lol

What is Brittle btw ????x thank you much for your replies x

My frustrations are I feel rubbish compared to the standard I was when I didn't have asthma x


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