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Cystic Fibrosis and Exercise

Exercise can benefit almost everyone.  Research has shown that there are several other benefits for those with cystic fibrosis (CF). 

In healthy children, exercise can:

  • Make heart and lungs stronger
  • Improve mood, psychological benefits
  • Improve bone health
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Weight management
  • Improve blood lipids, blood pressure
  • Reduce risk of diabetes, heart disease
  • Improve gross-motor skills (used for jumping, throwing)
  • Improve quality of sleep

Children with CF can benefit from all those listed above PLUS these benefits reported in scientific research:

  • Releases mucus, form of ACT
  • Strengthens lungs
  • Slows the rate of decline in FEV1  and may show small increases in FEV1
  • Small increases in body weight (especially with strength training)
  • Improves quality of life
  • Increases rate of survival
  • Improves balance, flexibility
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Last Updated: 06/2011