Been a while since I posted on here!
Well, I’ve been undisciplined in 2012, and I was at the doctor’s office a couple weeks ago and the scale said 211 pounds. So I’m getting back into things.
I’ve taken up martial arts, studying at Plumer Karate America here in south central Wisconsin. This is good for me on a number of levels, not just physical health.
Now, I haven’t done anything “cardio” in many years, and even the treadmilling I would do is at a low pace. I usually walk somewhere between two and three miles per hour, because when I’m walking, I’m not exercising, what I’m doing is NOT sitting. I’m not pushing my heart rate or my respiratory system to the limit.
Cardio is a part of my karate instruction, and I’ve been noticing, even on non-cardio nights, that there are times where I get winded or even light-headed. In high school, a doctor gave me an inhaler prescription for athletic asthma, or something like that. I didn’t really notice that it ever made any difference, and since high school, I haven’t worked at a high enough level that would make it necessary, anyway.
I have played saxophone on and off since fourth grade (I’m not currently playing, though I did through most of 2010), but I didn’t ever really get winded or out of breath from that.
But this cardio thing has me thinking about other areas as well. ADHD, in particular. What if the reason I’m getting fatigued and sometimes light headed in cardio and karate isn’t just this athletic asthma thing, but maybe I’ve got something going on that is affecting my oxygen utilization (you breathe in so much oxygen, and you breathe out less oxygen, the difference between the two is how much you utilize). Maybe I need more red blood cells or something.
ADHD isn’t caused by an oxygen deficiency, but not having enough oxygen in your bloodstream will reduce cognition in general (including ADHD symptoms). More blood and more oxygen to the brain is a good thing, whether you have ADHD or not.
So I’m going to look into improving my breathing. Any tips on that? I’ve got a few other things to investigate as well, but that’s where I’m going to start.