Posted 9/8/2013 9:36 PM (GMT -7)
Hi first time,
Exercise anxiety is not unusual at all. After all, the symptoms of anxiety that the pysiological changes in our bodies during exercise are similar!
Increased heart rate, breathlessness, increased body temp and sweating...sounds like either a mile run or a panick attack...take your pick, right?
I have been there. However, I am an athlete by vocation to some degree...so I could not afford to be derailed by exercise induced anxiety.
Therefore, I would slow down, but never fully stop when I had panicky feeling during exercise.
Eventually, through an exposure therapy type of experience, I realized that the feelings were harmless, and they went away.
So, if you want to add in cardio to your routine, slow and steady would be my advice. Start with a warm up, work up to a moderate pace, and see how you feel. Don't go to your limit right away...and if you feel panicky, go ahead and slow down, but don't stop...this will only reinforce your fears. However, if you keep going and finish at a slower pace, you will feel more confident, and be able to increase your ability steadily.;)
Best wishes, and keep us updated, okay?