How To Hack Sports-Induced Asthma?
For as long as I remember, I've sucked at endurance. When I was in high school, I was finally diagnosed with sports-induced asthma. I found this out after I tried out for the softball team... I could run pretty fast, but my throat burned, my chest hurt, and it took me a really long time to get my wind back after even the shortest of sprints. I didn't give up though, and played softball for 4 years. The doc gave me a prescription inhaler (which didn't work) and a rescue inhaler which I stopped using because it didn't help much and made my heart feel like it was going to beat out of my chest. Over the years, this has kept me from doing a lot of cardio, not to mention avoiding the stairs at all costs. You will never find me on a treadmill unless I'm just walking on the incline and you will certainly never see me on the elliptical (I think my record is just under 10 minutes...) I do occasionally use the cycling machines and bike outside, but I can barely make it upstairs to my bedroom without feeling like my lungs are going to give out! Oh, and I'm only 28.
My husband is always worrying about this and is concerned that if I'm ever in a situation where I need to run away from something or for a long period of time, this issue is going to make it very difficult for me. I very much agree. I've taken some advice about taking it slow and building up to it on a treadmill or running outside, but the discomfort of the process and not seeing results has caused me to quit after a few weeks. I know, lame excuse... So my question: Is there any way to hack sports-induced asthma other than just forcing myself into cardio hell? Running bores the crap out of me and even doing it outside doesn't make it any better. I'm more of a bike person (maybe because it's easier on my knees and I don't get as winded) but even doing that doesn't seem to yield much of a result. How do you build lung capacity without just running around and making yourself miserable?
I'd love to hear some advice on this, and some success stories!