I know this isn't really the domain of cardio, but I'm looking for a way to introduce it into my existing weights routine. Honestly, I know of no where else online where I can get fitness advice that I trust, so please be patient and help me out! /shameless flattery
I've been trying to add cardio (I do full body weights for an hour 3 - 4 times per week) but my body just won't have a bar of it. I'm thin, which is why I took up weights in the first place, and I figured that I should steer clear of cardio to avoid losing weight.
However, I've since conceded that cardiovascular fitness is important and tried to take up the Couch to 5km program. Not only did I get a pounding headache during/after the first session (apparently this is just an 'exertion headache') but more worryingly, I developed the beginnings of a throat infection.
I'm prone to throat infections and they always come about when I'm run down and stressed, and cardio seems to have the same effect. The same thing has happened a few times in the past when I've attempted HIIT. If I do specific cardio work then 24 hours later, like clockwork, I can feel the infection beginning in my throat.
I workout as hard as I can with weights - I feel far more exhausted after a weights session and yet it doesn't cause me any of the troubles I experience with cardio.
The first session of the Couch to 5km is only 20 minutes of jogging for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds, repeat. My lungs and legs etc were coping more than fine and since I regularly work out with weights I didn't think the addition of the program would be unrealistically tough.
I'm not necessarily looking for medical advice, medically I'm fine. I just want to know if anyone has experienced similar difficulties, or has any insight.
I eat well, don't smoke/do drugs/binge drink or have any other medical problems. I'm not trying to body build in the sense that many around this neck of the woods do, just bulk up a bit and increase strength (and now I guess I can add cardiovascular fitness to my goals).
It's very frustrating because I really enjoyed my first "run" except for the headache, and now I'm reluctant to continue with the running program as scheduled lest I make my throat even worse.
Oh, and I'm female, 22 years old, and have been on with the weights for about a year now.
Thoughts? Ideas? Is there any hope for me and cardio?