I read this info in a post from my Jawbone UP device. It said that "Women tend to have smaller lungs than men, and therefore become breathless faster when exercising. But extra huff and puff is no reason to avoid a tough workout. It's perfectly normal."
I didn't know that. It does explain a lot, though. I used to run track. I was a distance runner because I had endurance, but not a lot of speed. When I would run with my friend Dennis, he always seemed to have more breath than me, no matter how "in shape" I was. Perhaps this is why. He had bigger lungs!
Well, I suppose if I had known this then, I would have enjoyed using this to defend myself for being breathless!
But now that I do know it, and you know it, too, don't be tempted to use it as an excuse. I like to use excuses for avoiding workouts. I use excuses when I don't feel motivated to do something or if I am just feeling lazy.
Maybe I will say to myself that I am too tired or sick or that I already worked out once today. Maybe I will say to myself that I don't need to workout, just watch what I eat. If I am in a deep enough funk, I might even tell myself that I don't need to watch what I eat either.
I get into lots of "I don't care" modes. When I get into those, I simply do not care if I workout or if I eat right. I just don't care.
When I get into those blue states, I have to really force myself to do anything like workout or even take a walk. I have to kick myself in the rear because otherwise I know it just won't happen.
I am not a particularly motivated person. It isn't that I have some magical resource for making myself do a workout. I do not. I just keep telling myself that if I don't take care of me, who will? I sure don't want it to be the medical profession. Not that I am against doctors and nurses, I would just rather be in good enough health that I can limit my interactions with them to annual physicals!
Admittedly, some days it is VERY hard to do a workout and eat right. I don't always want to do either. In fact, more often than not, I don't want to do either! But I keep pushing myself because I know that ultimately, if I am not at the weight I want to be; if I am not at the fitness level I can be, then it is because of me. I do not believe in excuses. Yes, I know there are legitimate health reasons that some people cannot do something, but if you haven't checked with your doctor and are just assuming that you can't do something so you don't have to do something...Then something NEEDS to change!
I believe we are all capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for. But I am not a doctor and I can't give you medical advice. All I can tell you is that if you want to improve your health and fitness, excuses are NOT going to give you the results you want to see!
Until next time, be good to yourself and others!