Asthma and Martial Arts

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by Kickbx, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. Kickbx

    Kickbx New Member

    Hello all

    So, I have been training on and off in Kickboxing for almost 13 years now. My second main issue with not always training (the first being a job that involves long hours) has been dealing with my Asthma.

    It is generally exercised induced, and I did find it improved with regular activity when I was younger, but nowadays, I find at times that I literally can't breathe due to the asthma when I train.

    I know that every asthma sufferer varies, but does anyone else train with asthma and what sort of tips do you have to help train through it?
  2. PointyShinyBurn

    PointyShinyBurn Valued Member

    What's your medication like? If you're having regular attacks you probably need to be on a low inhaled steroid dose at least.
  3. Nachi

    Nachi Valued Member Supporter

    You probably should discuss this with your doctor. It is probably dependent on how severe your asthma is. If I'm not mistaken, though, asthma can be at least partially overcome by doing sports regularly.

    I agree with the medication. If you get attacks relatively often, you should take some? Or discuss with your doctor about how to go about sports.
    I had some (mild) lung deseases found that are supposedly similar to asthma, the medication used is the same, but unlike asthma it can't be cured or something. I kept exercising and taking pills (Montelukast) few days a week and half a year later my doctor said it had improved and I'm in the norm now. I only got a very few attacks where I was short of breath and two worse where I had trouble getting enough oxygen to speak for example... On the other hand, if you feel like you're starting to have trouble during training and inform your teacher, you should be able to go sit to prevent the attack?
  4. raaeoh

    raaeoh never tell me the odds

    First off I am not a Dr.

    I have severe asthma. Even with it I used to run a 5k on a regular basis. I did a ton of sparring with almost no issues. My secret was 2 puffs of albuteral before I started a work out. After about a year I stopped using the albuteral and all asthma meds. Again I am not a Dr. You really should bring this up with your Dr.

    Sadly after a 9 month recovery from 2 dislocated shoulders. I have gained a ton of weight and my lung capicity is probably worse than when I started.
  5. Chimpcheng

    Chimpcheng Yup... Giant cow head... Supporter

    I have asthma, hospitalised by it several times, nearly killed me no less than two times, but in recent years it hasn't been too much of a problem, in fact I've since been "weaned" off my Becotide (brown one) and only have to take the Ventolin (blue one) as and when, which isn't often.

    I generally do okay with it at the gym, at kung fu, and at MMA (with only my knees stopping me from continuing the latter), but I always have my inhaler close to hand... Just in case as my asthma is\was exercise induced (and smoke induced too for good measure)

    Speak to your doctor, they'll be able to better advise on your Asthma Action Plan, and learn to "listen" to your body.
  6. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    So to summarise,
    1) when you trained regularly it wasn't an issue.
    2) now you don't train so regularly it is an issue.

    If so
    A) see a Dr or asthma nurse, they may advise about preventor medication, or better strategies with your releaving medication.
    B) think about taking up extra cardio for when you can't get to training. Swimming is awesome, running is virtually free.

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