Hi, about 4 years ago I was very fit, ran 6 miles per day, and was at a happy, healthy weight. Then I got a new job which is very high stress, a lot of travel, and long hours at my desk. About a year and a half into my job I had some sort of breakdown - I've seen my GP, an Endocrinologist, and an alternative practitioner and no one could really give me a straight answer for what was wrong (adrenals, vitamin D...?). I was extremely exhausted (passed out as soon as i got home from work most nights, at 6pm!), had uncontrollable food cravings and put on 60 pounds in 6 months. I'm finally on my way back to health, although still battle fatigue, but am frustrated in my lack of cardio improvements. About 6 months ago I went to my GP bc I was having a hard time breathing/catching my breath and he diagnosed me with seasonal exercise induced asthma and gave me an inhaler. I don't notice a huge difference with it, but still use it before I work out. My question is, i don't feel like I am making any gains in my cardio fitness. I still have to walk more than I'd like on the treadmill or pause a DVD multiple times to catch my breath. I work out 3-4 times per week for about 45 minutes. Is this normal? Could the asthma/breathing issues go away as I drop weight? I've never had any issues like that before, but am frustrated that I still have such hard breathing, and I long to become the runner I used to be. Should I be doing something specific to make gains in my cardio? Thanks!View Thread
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