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Re: Exercise and CF

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Posted by Ron on November 29, 2000 at 15:08:14:

In Reply to: Exercise and CF posted by Christina on October 28, 2000 at 02:23:40:

: Hi my cousin died at age 19 from cf and now my 4yr old nephew has it. I am a personal trainer and I am researching the benefits of exercise and nutrition for cf patients. If anyone has any input or positive life experiences please let me know. Thank You

I'm 23 and I have CF. Since I was a teen I have always found that exercise has been the best way for me to stay healthy. When I was younger I played basketball and did alot of aerobic exercises, but i had a hard time gaining weight. Now I'm about 6' tall and my weight usually stays between 173lbs. and 178lbs. I've found that the best way for me to gain weight is weightlifting. i workout with weights 3 times a week, usually for about an hour to an hour and a half. I do my chest and back on mondays, legs on wednesdays, and my arms and shoulders on fridays. Tuesdays and thursdays and the weekend(sometimes) I ride my bike and hit the punching bag. This routine has been the most beneficial for me. Plus I take in alot of protien, atleast 1 gram per pound of body weight. The best advice I can give is to push yourself. I know alot of people don't wanna do that cause they think that they'll hurt themselves, but I've found that it's the only way to really fight the illness. If I plan to give CF a good fight I have to work harder at stayin healthy, than CF is workin to make me sick. Sometimes I also cough up a little blood after I workout really hard, but I can't let it stop me. When I was younger some of the parents of cystics would tell they're kids to stop playin so hard if they started sweating and breathin hard, even if the child said he was ok. True we must know our limits, but we must push ourselves in order to beat this disease. Now I'm not sayin to go out and work yourself to a heart attack, all I'm sayin is give a good,strong,effort. I have a whole lot more to say on this subject and would like to hear from others wit CF. You can e-mail me at [email protected]

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