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Fitness column: Getting over the cardio allergy

Allergies are all the rage right now. Accounting for them has become part of our daily culture. Allergies are mysterious by nature, difficult to identify and treat, and often make life a little more challenging.

I am starting to suspect that cardiovascular training (aka cardio), may be one of those mysterious allergy-triggers. As you know, I am passionate about making people aware of the latest fitness and nutrition problems, and being allergic to cardio is an enlightening update.

Did you know that just the thought of cardio makes many people sick? They take medication to control the reaction, but avoidance of the trigger is the only thing that really helps.

Common physical reactions to cardio include:

Wheezing, panting, and gasping for air, throat-closing-burning-ness, racing pulse, dry mouth, eye sweat and hot, prickly itchiness. Hot sweats, cold sweats, muscle pain, muscle fatigue, body aches, mind/body aches, nausea, verklempt, irregular dysrhythmia, dysfunction irregularity, confusing disorientation, vertigo and really thirsty for something much more potent than water.

Cardio allergy safety

Desperately trying to avoid accidentally doing cardio and thus igniting a reaction, many people come up with elaborate strategies to avoid this mistake. Who wants to have an exciting reaction in a public setting?

For example: “I was stuck in traffic” is a very effective and totally believable way to avoid exposing your medical condition to others and thus maintaining your privacy, which is much more important than actually being healthy and getting over your illness.

“I’ll just do my cardio at home,” works well too. Who is to deny this claim as everyone knows that everyone actually uses their home equipment?

I don’t however, recommend revealing the truth. For example:

Imagine admitting, “None for me thanks. I have a bit of an allergic problem with cardio-training, so I just have to avoid it. Yeah, it’s a bummer, going through life without enjoying some of my favorite things, like cardio. Oh well, doctor’s orders.”

Never do this as your allergy will somehow become contagious to others and cause the WebMD server to crash from everyone researching the possibility of getting out of doing cardio based on medical science.

Someone came into the gym just the other day who was asking if any of the workouts had any traces of cardio in them. I showed him the weight-room but I had to admit that the entire facility could be contaminated.

The cardio-allergy-app

This app creates footage of you doing cardio that is social media ready. It searches out cyber-opportunities to show everyone that you actually do cardio, thus making is easier for you keep your medical information private. It will even provide the data necessary to shut up that co-worker who is annoying you with probing questions regarding the number of steps you’ve logged in this week. The app uses Photoshop and CGI technology to demonstrate effects like progression, improved health and results.

If you don’t get that I’m joking, the app is for sale at Seriously people, get your cardio. I make excuses, too. I’m a trainer, so I’m a master at making up reasons to dodge working out. It’s not working for you or me.

Tip: Sometimes exposing yourself to small amounts of the allergen helps you to build up a tolerance. If I could only inject small amounts of cardio into people and watch their reaction in an attempt to get the dose right.

Steve Wells has more than 20 years of experience in fitness and nutrition and is head trainer and co-owner of Midland Fitness. His blog, “According to Steve” can be found at In his “Where in the Health are We” speaking series, he addresses fitness and nutrition topics such as office ergonomics, stress management and real-world nutrition. Reach him at 970-945-4440.