The most serious symptoms of cystic fibrosis are those associated with the lungs, and continued exercise helps to improve them, as experts emphasized during the celebration of cystic fibrosis fibrosis organized by CuídatePlus in collaboration with Chiesi.
“Aerobic exercise, including running or jogging, causes secretions to detach from the bronchial wall, which helps to remove them,” explained Tamara del Corral, Physiotherapy in the Federation. Spanish cystic fibrosis, which pointed out that even the air currents we generate when running or doing strenuous exercise (because we breathe with our mouths open) helps move the discharge.
The benefits of sports are not only manifested in the mobility of secretions. Del Corral pointed out other aspects that improve:
- Glycemic control.
- Bone mineral density.
- Increases appetite.
- diabetes is better controlled.
- Body image.
- Social relationships (during adolescence, for example, in group sports).
- Increases muscle strength.
Tamara del Corral, during the meeting.
“We used to see this as another supplement, but we are already talking about the fact that exercise is the fourth pillar of treatment for this disease, and we must include it in our daily life,” insisted Del Corral.
The Achilles’ heel is commitment. “We are talking about a therapeutic load of 3-4 hours a day, add another hour of exercise to this. When do you see your friends? When do they go to work and lead a normal life? This is where we fail, especially with children, “explained the physiotherapist.
Regarding the type of exercise that is best done, he mainly recommended aerobics and clarified that there was some controversy among the experts regarding swimming. Football, basketball, trampoline jumping, horseback riding, any exercise is good for them.
“It is not recommended that they stay to study with other children suffering from the same disease because there is a risk of cross infection, but they can train with any other child in their class,” he added.
It’s never too late to start
The case of Blanca Ruiz, patient and president of the Spanish Federation of Cystic Fibrosis, another. As a child, sports were contraindicated, and she did not start practicing it until she had two lung transplants. Now he is engaged in mountaineering and even overcame 4000 meters.
“My history with sports comes from a transplant. I had to stop working because I was a therapist for people with disabilities, it took physical effort and I had oxygen, ”Blanca said. “I remember the surgeon talking before the transplant, he told me: you are not going to return to work, your job is to take care of yourself, and a good way to take care of the transplant is to play sports. And I said: I have never played sports in my life. When I was discharged, I was able to travel to Santander, I joined a gym and a mountain group, and I started very smoothly, a little treadmill, a little Pilates, and in the end, the body, as you get better, asks you a plus. I started going on lighter mountain walks, I increased my requirements and I liked it, ”explained Blanca.
The President of the Spanish Federation of Cystic Fibrosis explained that exercise is physical and mental and should always be done properly. “Being responsible and having a head, I believe that sport was one of the great discoveries in the treatment of cystic fibrosis,” he concluded.