Running with a chesty cough can be a frightening experience. The reason it's frightening is that it's hard to imagine you're the one who has a problem. But really, you are.
The first thing you should do if you notice you're coughing is to relax. Why is this so important? Because when you're stressed, your chest can tighten up and cause you to cough.
It's the tightness of your chest that you need to worry about when you're running with a chesty cough. Your problem could be as simple as an uncomfortable position you're in or as serious as something more serious like tuberculosis.
You can avoid running with a chesty cough by changing positions. In general, your chest should be loose and your shoulders should be curved outward. And as I mentioned earlier, in my experience, your cough is a problem if you're feeling tense.
So you have a choice here. Do you want to run with a chesty cough that's more common in children? Or do you want to change your position so that it's not as common? Whichever way you decide, if you are working out, you have to watch your form.
As you jog along, you can look at your chest to see if you're running with a chesty cough. You will see an area that's squished up in your chest that is noticeable. It may be hard to notice, but trust me when I say that this is a big sign that you're running with a chesty cough.
To deal with this, you need to start doing some effective exercises to tighten your chest muscles. This is a very basic concept that any runner needs to learn. The two most effective ones are known as the half-kneeling crunch and the wall-ball.
Let's start with the half-kneeling crunch. You're going to lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Then you're going to curl your right arm up as high as it can go. The crunch will not just tighten your chest but will also tighten your lower back and your obliques.
The wall-ball is basically the same as the crunch except you're going to put your hands in front of your chest. You'll find that the only difference is that instead of having your arms extended, you're going to have them locked in front of your chest. You'll also find that this exercise is harder than the crunch. But it's much better for tightening your chest muscles.
By far, the best cure for running with a chesty cough is the wall-ball. It's more effective than the crunch for tightening your chest. If you can't do the wall-ball correctly, I suggest doing the crunch.
But whatever you do, make sure you keep your hands behind your head so that you're able to maintain a good hand position. No matter what your choice is, just make sure you're getting the best out of your workout so that you're free from all kinds of health problems.