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    I increased my cardio massively by doing interval training.

    A good one is 400m, stopnand rest for 2 mins and go again for eight times as fast as you can. It works a treat however if your lungs are that fucked just jog it and perhaps extend the rest period and see how you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kovacs View Post
    I increased my cardio massively by doing interval training.

    A good one is 400m, stopnand rest for 2 mins and go again for eight times as fast as you can. It works a treat however if your lungs are that fucked just jog it and perhaps extend the rest period and see how you do.
    Interval training is the way go if you can do it. Running, biking, specific movement related to your sport, or various calisthenics in intervals...

    I have NEVER gotten my judo students in to decent shape faster with less time spent than Tabata-like training.
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    To the OP, good 5k running link covering all the way from couch potato to intermediate runner:

    https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-inform...-programme-5km

    Kovacs - completely agree with you on interval training. Saw my 5k time get hugely better after adding a set of intervals each week

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    Do you smoke? My guy was into cycling and he smoked as well more than half a pack a day. He had this breathing issue. A two minute sprint would make he gasp for air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kovacs View Post
    I increased my cardio massively by doing interval training.

    A good one is 400m, stopnand rest for 2 mins and go again for eight times as fast as you can. It works a treat however if your lungs are that fucked just jog it and perhaps extend the rest period and see how you do.

    400m can be a bit much flat out. Better to use lamp-posts as your guide. Walk to the first, trot to the second, run flat out to the third. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

    Also, run up stairs at work and the Underground. All short but brisk workouts without excessive strain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Hardon View Post
    400m can be a bit much flat out. Better to use lamp-posts as your guide. Walk to the first, trot to the second, run flat out to the third. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

    Also, run up stairs at work and the Underground. All short but brisk workouts without excessive strain.
    Yeah, 400m would be something to work up to, but not really necessary. The work intervals of 20 seconds with 10 second breaks is pretty effective.

    Also would depend on the sport one is trying to get into condition for. Back when I started seriously training for soccer (then Judo), I used to do 400's, but cut back to 200 (yards), but the most convenient was one city block, which was a little less than 200 yards. Even that was a bit longish (especially for Judo), and I ended up at about 80-100 yards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BKR View Post
    Yeah, 400m would be something to work up to, but not really necessary. The work intervals of 20 seconds with 10 second breaks is pretty effective.

    Also would depend on the sport one is trying to get into condition for. Back when I started seriously training for soccer (then Judo), I used to do 400's, but cut back to 200 (yards), but the most convenient was one city block, which was a little less than 200 yards. Even that was a bit longish (especially for Judo), and I ended up at about 80-100 yards.
    Yes, I certainly agree the final 80-100 yards or even slightly shorter. It's the repetition and recovery phases that allow for improvement.

    Another option for the OP is swimming. In Holborn, London, an outdoor council swimming pool (heated) allows for lane swimming and has 3 lanes for the different levels of ability. The water is supportive and one can stop to catch one's breath if overworking. They also have Life Guards scanning the pool, so all Good. A colleague used to visit on her lunch break to get Beach Body ready for her summer holidays. She always succeeded. Close to 6ft tall and toned but in the Winter, without the swimming, she'd regularly put on about 2 stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Hardon View Post
    Yes, I certainly agree the final 80-100 yards or even slightly shorter. It's the repetition and recovery phases that allow for improvement.

    Another option for the OP is swimming. In Holborn, London, an outdoor council swimming pool (heated) allows for lane swimming and has 3 lanes for the different levels of ability. The water is supportive and one can stop to catch one's breath if overworking. They also have Life Guards scanning the pool, so all Good. A colleague used to visit on her lunch break to get Beach Body ready for her summer holidays. She always succeeded. Close to 6ft tall and toned but in the Winter, without the swimming, she'd regularly put on about 2 stone.
    Swimming is a lot easier on the lower body, too.

    I did incorporate swimming into my training it's definitely a different feeling from running or bike riding. I don't think swimming alone would be sufficient for cardio training for other sports though.
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    Cardio for lung patients

    Quote Originally Posted by Paramagician View Post
    The short of it...

    ...I have a chronic lung issue. It makes working out difficult and basically keeps me from getting in shape. I'd like to put an end to that.

    I'm into fencing and that's about it at the moment.

    Any pointers?

    If you feel you run out of breath too soon, you shouldnt be pushing the limits of your physical endurance. The only way to go about it is to gradually increase your breathing aka your lung capacity. It is like a circle - to exercise more you need to have high lung capacity and to have high lung capacity you need to exercise. I would suggest you start slow - walking then brisk walking and then short bursts of jogging in between walking.

    There are many yoga exercises that enhance your breathing - and it works wonders.

    Always carry your inhaler with you. Refrain from exposing yourself to tobacco smoke and dust. Eat foods that will increase your immunity. Lung capacity is often reduced by frequent lung and respiratory tract infections.

    Hope this helps you.

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