12 Inspiring Stories: How Exercise and Activities May Help with CF


Many benefits can come from exercises and activities that stimulate breathing for cystic fibrosis patients.

Here are some outstanding examples:

1. Living with Cystic Fibrosis: Exercise

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Learn more about how people with cystic fibrosis use different forms of exercise to keep fit and healthy.

2. Exercising with Cystic Fibrosis

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Watch and listen as Emily Schaller shares her life-changing relationship with exercise. 

3. Courage in Sports: CFer Jerry Cahill

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Learn more about the ‘Courage in Sports’ special featuring a very dear friend of the Boomer Esiason Foundation, Jerry Cahill.


4. Living Today | Wes by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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In this video, see how Wes lives his life one pedal, leap, step, and breath at a time.


5. Cystic Fibrosis Patient Featured On Men’s Fitness Cover

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6. Boy with CF Improves Lung Function by Playing the Bagpipes

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7. Cystic Fibrosis: An Athlete’s Story

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Meet Zack DeBaltzo, coach and athlete at CrossFit Apogee in Gibsonton, Florida. He is also living with cystic fibrosis.

8. Living with Cystic Fibrosis: Healing in the Surf

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Learn more about the incredible healing benefits of our Mother Ocean to those living with cystic fibrosis.

9. Learn How to Do Couples Yoga for CF Airway Clearance with The Freys

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Learn with couple Peter and Mary Frey from The Frey Life, how couples yoga can help with CF symptoms.


10. Nathan Charles:  Rugby Player with Cystic Fibrosis

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Meet Nathan Charles, one of the most dynamic players in the Super Rugby Competition.

11. ‘Today, I’m Brave’ – Breana, The Tandem Surfer CFer

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12. Can Tai Chi Benefit People with Cystic Fibrosis?

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Learn more about how researchers are looking into whether the Chinese flow exercise improves breathing for people with cystic fibrosis.

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  1. Katie Richardson says:

    Love these stories! I’m about to turn 49, diagnosed at age 3. I play competitive tennis 3-4 times a week and do Jazzercise 3-4 times a week. For me, it’s a good combination of airway clearing movements, in addition to helping stay in shape.

    • Stephanie Roberts says:

      Thank you for sharing these stories. I am a 38 year old with CF and have given birth to two children ages 10 and 2. Exercise has always been an intergal part of my health regiment. I run,weight lift, take a kick boxing class and have started CrossFit. Being compliant with my medication and exercising are the two things I can control that could have a major impact on my health. I do them both to the best of my ability and trust God and His will for my life.


  2. Kirstie Tancock says:

    Loving these stories of fitness with Cf. Iv had 2 double lung transplants and I’m a fitness pole dancing, aerial hoop, aerial silks instructor. Personal trainer and nutritional adviser with out fitness I would not be alive today! It was the only reason I was put on pioneering life support ecmo when needed and the only reason I was listed for a second transplant! I’m
    Hoping it will carry on helping me as I fight chronic rejection for the second time ????.

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