Exercise and physical activity in children with cystic fibrosis.
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Regular exercise and habitual physical activity are important for patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Research has demonstrated the benefits of aerobic, anaerobic, and strength exercise training programs for health and quality of life, however, the CF patient is faced with unique barriers and challenges to participation. Recently, increased levels of habitual physical activity have been shown to slow the decline in lung function in patients with CF, and regular participation in a variety of activities may result in greater adherence in the long term. Research is now available to justify the incorporation of exercise into the routine care of patients with CF. This paper provides the background and rationale for the implementation of exercise and habitual physical activity recommendations by the health care team. Education of health care providers regarding the importance of exercise and habitual physical activity for patients with CF is needed in order for exercise and physical activity to be incorporated as key components of clinical practice and into the lives of patients with CF.
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