In high school I had a friend that was actually allergic to exerise. You would have never known from his buff exterior and low body fat. From what I was told he could not exceed a certain heart rate so he was limited to lifting weights and stop and go exercises. I found a similar story while surfing the web. Here is how this allergy works.
This 37 year old woman was struck with this condition in her early thirties. She never had any issues in the past. Something as simple as jogging on the treadmill could throw her body into Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis (EIA), which means the increased heart rate could actually trigger a fatal allergic reaction.
Ruth symptoms came on strong one day during a run. She began to wheeze and found it hard to breath. By the time she returned home, her face was huge and swollen, blotchy red marks covered her face. As she called the ambulance she noticed that she couldn’t speak due to her swollen tongue. The operator guessed she was having an allergic reaction and traced the call.
Since then Ruth has only has 2 other episodes but has to be very careful in daily life. Something as simple as taking the stairs could completely ruin the day and send her to the hospital in an instant. Interestingly enough, the doctors have noticed that Ruth’s condition is heightened when she has been in contact with certain foods such as dairy, and any kind of nut. Since the body is focused on fight off the allergens it gets overloaded and is no longer able to cope with the increased heart rate.
Very few people think about what there life would be like without exercise. Yet, nearly 50% or more don’t get their daily dose. It’s not until we are faced with illness that we appreciate what our health means to us. Hopefully, the message in this article helps more people realize how valuable exercise is in our daily life.