HIIT Has Been Sidelined.
As a child, I had severe asthma and depended on high doses of medication, regular ER visits and hospitalization to keep me alive. I fought through and out grew it. Now as an adult I use a rescue inhaler on occasion. Common triggers that cause inflammation in my airways: exercise, allergies, common colds.
The moment I learned that COVID-19 attacks the lungs, I decided to stop my HIIT (high intensity internal training) workouts and any other exercises that tax my lungs.
Avoiding vulnerability was a good call, but what CAN I do to make my breathing stronger? I began to remember breathing techniques my doctors taught me as a kid in case I was found without my inhaler during an asthma attack – an action that could actually save my life.
Watch the video for breathing techniques designed to strengthen us for this COVID-19 epidemic.
I’ve announced to my online studio members tye4fitness.com that I would not be teaching live stream cardio until further notice (but lucky for them, they have many recorded classes in the archives they can access if they’d like to take a cardio class).
Normally I do (and teach) cardio to keep my heart and lungs strong.. but at this point it would be foolish for me to do something that causes inflammation, and then possibly get exposed to the virus in a weakened, vulnerable state.
For anyone with a history of asthma or lung disease, I recommend pausing any high intensity cardiovascular exercise. I recommend for EVERYONE to add these simple breathing techniques into your daily routine.