Q: How much sport should I do? What kind of sport? How intense? Can I replace therapy with sport?
A: Sport is a powerful lifestyle tool in battling CF- read about the important details in the relationship between CF and Sport!
Q: Do the patients choosing to replace traditional airway clearance with exercise experience negative side effects?
A: Exercise can’t replace airway clearance techniques. Exercise is one of three suggested activities of physiotherapy treatment with CF, the other two being inhalation therapy and airway clearance techniques (ACT). Proper exercise can lead to stronger muscles, a greater range of motion, flexibility and greater endurance due to a better oxygen intake in the muscles. All these benefits can potentially improve a lung function when combined with inhalation therapy and airway clearance techniques. Choosing not to practice ACT’s regularly increases retention of secretion, the risk of pulmonary infection and exacerbation. In the long term it will lead to quicker decrease of the lung function resulting in a reduced quality of life.
Q: What intensity level should the exercise be, how could the patient experience the highest benefit?
A: The type and intensity of exercise should always be tailored to the patients needs. Generally consistency is the key to success. Depending on the type of exercise there are rough guidelines as to how many times a week the exercise should be completed.
One workout session should consist of at least 30 minutes.
Stretching: as often as possible
It is best to create a workout plan with your Physiotherapist or Personal Trainer.
Q: Is there an most effective and beneficial exercise method?
A: The choice of workout type and intensity relies heavily on the chosen goal and should be tailored to the patients needs to get the best result possible. Work with your Physiotherapist or Personal Trainer to create your workout program.
Q: Is there a minimum amount of exercise in order to achieve clinical benefit for CF patients?
A: Consistency is the most important factor. But a thirty minute session, twice a week is the minimum. Please regard this suggestion with extreme caution. Many factors come in to consideration regarding exercise intensity like age, stage of disease, general fitness, lifestyle etc. Have your Physiotherapist or Trainer create a tailored plan for your needs.
Credit: Department of Physiotherapy at the Medical University Children’s Clinic CF-Center , Vienna General Hospital (AKH Wien)