Aging and Chronic Diseases by Lesly Wassef-Birosik, PhD.:
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a common hereditary diseases. It is associated with many problems with the respiratory system. An increase in physical activity has been shown to improve quality of life and lung function. The current study aimed at evaluating active cycle breathing techniques together with aerobic exercise training in children with CF.
Sixteen children between the ages of 5-13 were evaluated before and after a 6 week training period. This evaluation consisted of a treadmill test, sit ups for abdominal strength, standing long job for power, flexibility exercises, 20 meter shuttle runs and 10 step stair climbs. The active cycle breathing techniques together with the exercise program of treadmill running for 30 mins at 75-80% maximum heart rate was performed supervised 3 times per week for 6 weeks. At the end of the training, there was a significant increase in thoracic mobility, muscle endurance, strength, flexibility and speed in the children with CF.
This study suggests that regular aerobic training, together with active breathing techniques in the early stages of CF can lead to the improvement of muscle endurance and strength > from Schmidt et al.; Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 27 (2011) 548–556. All rights reserved to Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.
Finally. I found something to show exercise is brilliant for CF. Don't know why it's not implemented more! PWCF should aim to train like a professional athlete. Obviously it takes time, but it's what's needed!
So get going. Lace the shoes up, wrap up, and get ready to cough up.