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Old 11-09-05, 08:06 PM
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Is it tougher to breathe in cold weather?

It was 38F tonight when I went out on a run. I lasted 30 minutes because I felt I couldn't breathe. Is this normal when it's cold?
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Old 11-09-05, 10:22 PM
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Old 11-09-05, 10:42 PM
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Try breathing through your nose more as well. The sinuses function to warm up and moisten the air before it hits your lungs.
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For me, it seems like I have to get used to the cold weather. Initial workouts in cold weather make my lungs hurt, but after a few sessions it seems to get better.
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For me, it seems like I have to get used to the cold weather. Initial workouts in cold weather make my lungs hurt, but after a few sessions it seems to get better.
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It's cute that 38F is cold where you live.

But yeah, I drop my effort level the colder it gets.
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Originally Posted by Wulfheir
It's cute that 38F is cold where you live.

But yeah, I drop my effort level the colder it gets.
Yeah yeah don't get wise with me, I'm native Californian, we used to ski in jeans.

It's 19F now. We'll see how my run goes tonight.
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Doesn't air condense (get thicker) when it gets cooler?
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You may have exercise-induced asthma and not know it. Many people who have EIA experience it when the air is cold, but not at other times. The cold air is just enough to push you into breathing difficulty, especially if you don't warm up slowly enough. When I lived in Denver and went out to shovel snow or cross-country ski, it would hit me pretty bad until I figures it out. I suggest you get tested, and if you have it, the solution is simply to use an inhaler before you go out and you won't have a problem. Warming up slowly and breathing through your nose, as mentioned, helps also.
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