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What causes difficulty breathing while doing exercises?

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Posted on Tue, 12 May 2015
Question: just tried a new exercise workout and did some squat jumps at the end up them I felt winded and it tool me about 6 seconds to catch my breath. no chest pain or other symptoms. normal from intense exercise or something to worry about?
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Answered by Dr. Urszula Stanko (46 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Breathing problems during intensive exercise may occur.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Welcome to Healthcare Magic.

I had gone through your question and understand your concerns.

There are many causes of breathing problems during exercise like heart disease, lung disease, obesity, stuffy nose or breathing in cool, dry air.

Also low physical condition and pushing yourself too hard can lead to breathing problems. Please note that after age 30 the air flow through the lungs is decreasing.

You may experience mild shortness of breath while changing your typical workout. Your body has to acclimate to the change.

In my opinion the symptom you have described is less likely to be a serious condition. However I suggest you to make a chest x-ray to rule out lung disease and an exercise stress test to check your heart during exercise.

Hope I have answered your question. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help.
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What causes difficulty breathing while doing exercises?

Brief Answer: Breathing problems during intensive exercise may occur. Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome to Healthcare Magic. I had gone through your question and understand your concerns. There are many causes of breathing problems during exercise like heart disease, lung disease, obesity, stuffy nose or breathing in cool, dry air. Also low physical condition and pushing yourself too hard can lead to breathing problems. Please note that after age 30 the air flow through the lungs is decreasing. You may experience mild shortness of breath while changing your typical workout. Your body has to acclimate to the change. In my opinion the symptom you have described is less likely to be a serious condition. However I suggest you to make a chest x-ray to rule out lung disease and an exercise stress test to check your heart during exercise. Hope I have answered your question. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help.