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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-09-2006, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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I have Asthma

I'm new to the whole MMA thing, and this something that i really want to do. And i think me having asthma can lead to a downfall. I can catch asthma by doing too much running. Last month, my girlfriend's dogs ran away, i found where they were at and i started to chase them, after the chase was over, i started to catch heavy asthma. Do any of you think Cardio training would help to not catch asthma so easily. Because i would be totally screwed if i was in a fight and asthma kicked in. So any suggestions/advice would be great.
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I'm new to the whole MMA thing, and this something that i really want to do. And i think me having asthma can lead to a downfall. I can catch asthma by doing too much running. Last month, my girlfriend's dogs ran away, i found where they were at and i started to chase them, after the chase was over, i started to catch heavy asthma. Do any of you think Cardio training would help to not catch asthma so easily. Because i would be totally screwed if i was in a fight and asthma kicked in. So any suggestions/advice would be great.
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First things first: How old are you? If you're still in your teens, a lot of that can go away with time. Having suffered from chronic asthma attacks myself (and the occasional bout from time-to-time), I know about it from personal experience. I also know that staying away from physical exercise makes it a lot harder as time goes on. Regardless, get yourself some cardio going, as teaching your body how to utilize the oxygen it needs on a more efficient basis is the best thing for you.

Secondly: Are you seeing a doctor right now? The reason being is this: When I was back in grade school, a lot of the medication that they have currently (even the treatment approaches that are popular now) was not available. A lot of the meds were there to help after the fact that you're suffering from an asthma attack. However, with a lot of the newer meds like Singulair, Advair (and the like) are great treatments for maintaining your body's everyday operation. Instead of treating an asthma attack when it comes full force, a lot of the treatment plans appraoch it by helping your body along so that it is less prone to fall into that situation. If you are dedicated to the idea of training in anything for an extended period of time, consult a physician and let them do what they can to help you out.

When I was in the 9th and 10th grade I wrestled, but didn't ever get to the point where I was truly competitive as I would have liked. Currently, I know that if I take a few months to train ardently, I could get back to the point where I could roll hard for 20 minutes before having to take a break. I still see my doctor on a regular basis, and they all tell me to get into the gym to loose some weight regardless of how my asthma is.

My point: Don't be afraid. But don't be stupid. You can't realisticly expect to jump into a championship UFC match right off the bat, neither should you begin training like you're headed for one. Moderation is key, and is a great way to get yourself acclaimated to anything regardless of the type of activity. I don't think any coach or trainer anywhere will knock you for having to bring in an inhaler with you either.

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There is also loads of cardio you can do without running. You can find a balance of what your body can do - but doctor is definitely the first stop. Good luck, let us know how you get along.

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-11-2006, 09:23 PM
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Kid Slash i have asthma also so i know what its like competing against others while your wheezing and struggling to brethe while performing at your best. I wrestle currently for a club over at my university and its possible to do high endurance cardio while still having ashtma. Just be careful, i always have my inhaler at practices/matches. Im no doctor or anything, but thats just how i handle my ashtma.
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First things first: How old are you? If you're still in your teens, a lot of that can go away with time.
I'm 17. I thought a lot of it can go away with time as well, but i doubt it. Everyone on my mom's side has asthma, and the only person that doesn't have asthma anymore is my cousin.

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I also know that staying away from physical exercise makes it a lot harder as time goes on.
I've been very lazy when it came to exercising too. Yesterday i started running till i couldn't run anymore because i'm so behind on exercising.

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However, with a lot of the newer meds like Singulair, Advair (and the like) are great treatments for maintaining your body's everyday operation
I have the Albuterol inhaler and the actual machine, but i only use it when i feel the asthma kicking in. But now that i think about it, there are certain inhalers that are for asthma prevention, i totally forgot about that.

And as far as doctors go, i'm gonna have to get a Nevada medicaid. Nevada gives me problems with New York medicaid.

Thank you guys for the suggestions/advice. I'll let you know on how the cardio is going.
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I suffered from Chronic Asthma on a regular basis all the way up until around the 11th grade. It's not that I never suffer from attacks anymore, they're just not as frequent. I can probably attribute that to a few things, but delving into that in earnest would probably make this post much longer than it needs to be.

It actually wasn't until I 2003 that I had started seeing my current doctor and began taking the more current medications they have available. Having the inhaler and nebulizer around is good, but proactive treatment before the attacks begin to kick in is just a lot more effective especially if you want to start being more active. Definitely start looking into that.

Also, as I said before, moderation in training is the best route to follow. It will be hard enough as it is to begin training. You don't want to completely wreck your body when you completely start, or any aspirations you may have in training any sorts of MA will begin to seem like a "pipe dream."

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I've been very lazy when it came to exercising too.
You're big problem seems to be this little part of your last post. As you start to do more and more cardio it becomes easier and easier. For the guys I train with who have asthma, they train for longer rounds so that they don't have to worry about it when fighting for five minutes, or 3 for the boxers.

I don't have asthma so I haven't tried this for myself, but at your age it should be something that can be taken control of.



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I've been very lazy when it came to exercising too. Yesterday i started running till i couldn't run anymore because i'm so behind on exercising.
Asthma or no Asthma you should always start of small when you begin excercising after some time. Go to a gym and work out with some machines on low settings, don't go kill yourself by beginning to run 10 miles in your first time or anything like that.
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I'm new to the whole MMA thing, and this something that i really want to do. And i think me having asthma can lead to a downfall. I can catch asthma by doing too much running. Last month, my girlfriend's dogs ran away, i found where they were at and i started to chase them, after the chase was over, i started to catch heavy asthma. Do any of you think Cardio training would help to not catch asthma so easily. Because i would be totally screwed if i was in a fight and asthma kicked in. So any suggestions/advice would be great.

Perfect. I was born with asthma and have had it my entire life.
I had to start really really slow, I was 10 years old when I got into Martial Arts and have been going ever since but you can train with it.
I've even had to hit my puffer inbetween rounds.
Start slow and work on it. My problem was I would get worried and stressed about having an asthma attack, THEN I would have one.
I tried to keep my mind off it and keep my breathing normal.
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