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do your lungs hurt after a hard ride.....how bout a mask(8 posts)

do your lungs hurt after a hard ride.....how bout a maskishmael
Aug 28, 2001 7:21 AM
my chest hurts after a long or hard ride if i breath really deeply...i also experience an inability to breath deeply sometimes...it seemed to be worse on bad air quality days (really hot days) ..ive had ashma when young and feel a bit wheezy too sometimes after these rides..im now planning to commute to school every day and its about 8 miles of traffic and pollution so i was thinking of wearing a mask if it would help my chest...the pain and wheeziness isnt realy that bad but ive read that long term exposure (ashmatics are more suceptible) to polution decreases lung elasticity and i dont want that...so what kind of a mask would i try, is it even possible to clean my intake of what id like to remove..
I experience the SAME thing...TJohn
Aug 28, 2001 8:06 AM
you described it to a T! I wonder what it is though? I hope I'm not asthmatic?!?!? If I am, is it something I should seek medical attention for? Thanks.
TJ
HmmmUncleMoe
Aug 28, 2001 8:25 AM
I had this same thing on Sunday. If I took a deep breath I would have to cough and my lungs hurt. Ismael, aren't you commuting to UCSD? I think I remember your name.

It is the same feeling I have when I spend all day in the ocean body surfing. I have always thought it was fluid getting in the lungs. You know how horses lungs can actually bleed during races? I figured it was similar to that w/bike riding. But then on Sunday my wife mentioned maybe it was the air quality.

It only happens to me on long rides of 50+. 8 miles you should get used to it.
air qualityishmael
Aug 28, 2001 10:38 AM
gets bad when its hot out..im in philly
What kinda of pain...Kristin
Aug 28, 2001 9:07 AM
You didn't describe the pain you're feeling. Is it internal? (i.e. burning or aching from within the lung when you inhale/exhale.) Or does it feel like its more muscular? (In the ribe cage area.)

I recently began a vocal hiatus and have had chest pain after breathing hard on a ride. Its the result of an overworked diaphram muscle (mines weakening). It feels much like leg soreness. If you're experiencing the same thing, there's some breathing exercises that will strengthen the diaphram/rib muscles. If its in the lungs, then I have no advice to offer.

If you want the breathing excercises, let me know. And don't worry, you can do these without uttering a sound.
What kinda of pain...Jon Billheimer
Aug 28, 2001 9:24 AM
I've experienced major lung function issues as a result of smoking-induced clinical emphysema and some allergic asthma. So here's my take. First of all, all you guys, go see your doctor for a diagnosis. You sound mildly asthmatic, which is largely caused by poor air quality. A corticosteroid inhaler in most cases easily fixes your problem. Second, adjust your diets so that you're getting LOTS of antioxidants, i.e. antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables, and supplement on top of that with Vitamins C and E. Antioxidants will protect you from free radical damage caused by the air pollution you're taking into your bodies. And third, as the above poster suggests, you can work to improve your diaphram strength through breathing exercises. Cycling will tend to do that naturally over time as well.

As a result of the above measures, 14 years after corrective lung surgery and many,many running and cycling miles, all my clinical symptoms of emphysema have disappeared.
its lungs but how bout those exercisesishmael
Aug 28, 2001 10:37 AM
they sound interesting....
Exercises...Kristin
Aug 28, 2001 1:21 PM
Okay. First you must get yourself into a calm centered state. Sit on the floor and place both legs behind your head. (If this is too difficult, then just sit in the Lotus position.)... just kidding!

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* Excersize #1: The asthmatic (requires basic counting ability)

Sit on a chair and keep your upper torso in good posture. Shoulders down and back. Place one hand on breast bone. With the other hand, block one nostril (you can do this in any manner you choose :)

Inhale for 4 seconds, taking in as much are as possible. (Do not allow your upper chest to rise). Hold your breath for 4 seconds. Exhale for 4 seconds. Rest/recover for at least 30 seconds. Repeat with other nostril. (Do not put fingers in mouth). Stop doing this exercise when you begin to feel dizzy! :-)

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* Excersize #2: The Hiss

Stand upright. Feet shoulder width apart. Shoulders down and back.
Place one hand over breast bone.

Inhale slowly, taking in as much air as possilbe. (Try to inhale from your diaphram/abdominal area. Your upper chest cavity should not move.)

Once your lungs are full, exhale slowly making a hissing sound with your tongue. Try to hold the air in your lungs as long as possible. Breath normally for a moment, then repeat. Time yourself on the exhale. You goal is to improve your exhale time.

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Excercise #3: Belt it out! (okay I lied - this one includes noise)

Same posture as #2. Sing a note, any note...doesn't have to be pretty. Got the note? Good.

This exercise should be done in quick sucession. Inhale as much as possible (about 1 second/beat). Sing note for 1 second/beat (don't use all the air in your lungs). Immediately take in more air (as much as possible). Sing note for 1 second. Inhale again. Sing note again. Inhale. Sing. Inhale last time. Sing that note, holding it for as long as possible. Relax...breathe.

Do this one 4-5 times, then pat yourself on the back...its not easy.

NOTE: This is the best one I know. It hurts and if you've recently eaten, you'll know it! Its second to none for improving lung capacity.