Exercise: Love it or loathe it? - CF Buzz

Exercise every day

Exercise: is it a word that fills you with dread, or has you running for your joggers to get started?

Whichever it is, exercise is a very important part of staying healthy as someone with cystic fibrosis (CF).

Your CF is no excuse for not exercising, it will make you better. So it’s time to make it a part of your everyday routine (if it’s not already), and it’s not as hard as you might think it is.

Find the right type of exercise for you and it will become a natural part of your day. Running or rock climbing? Surfing or softball? Treasure hunting or tuba playing? Keep reading for more ideas.


Why is exercise important?

You have probably been told why exercise is important a hundred times, but just to re-cap the main benefits are:

  • It helps keep your lung function as strong
    as it can be
  • It helps clear the mucus from your lungs, making it easier to breathe
  • It helps keep your body healthy and gives you energy with which to fight infections
  • It helps keeps your bones healthy and builds bone density


Fitting in exercise

The easiest way to keep up an exercise regime is make it an automatic part of your day, so picking activities you love doing helps.

Some people find team exercise a motivation, so either pick a team sport/s, or find some friends who are keen to exercise with you.

Setting yourself a challenge or a target is also another good motivation tool (especially if you’re a competitive person). So if you’re a runner, enter a fun run and set yourself a time target; if you prefer judo, set goals to achieve higher belts.

Some obvious examples of types of exercise are:

  • walking
  • running
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • surfing
  • team sports: soccer, netball, volleyball, hockey, rowing, rugby, basketball
  • the gym
  • yoga – great for opening your chest and keeping your muscles strong and toned
  • pilates – great for developing core muscle strength which helps with breathing and coughing


Still not convinced?

If you still don’t feel like signing up to your local tennis club or sweating it out in the gym, have a look some of the ideas on the Sneaky exercise page.

Still need some motivation? Have a read of sport fanatic Tash Rudd’s story (she also happens to have CF).

Remember, you will feel better after exercise

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