Just curious about something. I had a bout of adult asthma in 2009 (I was 26, I'm 29 now) from the beginning of that year all the way until September. I was warned not do to the Warrior Dash that year (first year it started), but I participated anyway and by the end of the race I couldn't breathe for coughing.
Since then I've paid very close attention to breathing and I've noticed something over the years that I'm not sure is normal and I wonder if you fitness buff will be able to tell me if it is or if it isn't.
I get winded incredibly easy. Just getting up from my desk at the office and walking 20 feet can make me have to breathe deeply a few times, as can bending over to tie my shoes! Heck, just sitting still does it! I regularly feel the need, an overpowering urge, to take deep breaths on a regular basis. I can't imagine this is an issue with being out of shape, as I do 30 minutes of high-intensity sport intervals, 30 minutes of weightlifting, and speedwalk 2+ miles a day to and from the office, 6 days a week. Funny thing is, I seem to breathe just fine while exercising, but at resting something is just wrong. I should take that back. I'm not sure if I'm breathing right because I never sustain an intense activity for more than 30 - 45 seconds, but sometimes if I try to push it I'm forced to breathe incredibly rapidly, like a huff huff huff huff huff, though this usually happens when I get my heart rate over 175.
My EKG is perfect. My blood pressure is excellent, as is blood levels of nutrients and I have no cholesterol issues.
Is this normal for you guys, too? Do you feel the need every minute or two to take deep sighing breaths when you're doing nothing? My partner is always asking me what's wrong because I can't seem to stop doing it.