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patient education : 12504--LIFE with Cystic Fibrosis Ages 7-12 years

Information approved by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Education Committee for children ages 7-12 years living with Cystic Fibrosis.

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    Information Sheet (Ages 7 -12 years)

    L.I.F.E. with Cystic Fibrosis

    Lifetime Involving Fitness and Exercise

    Fitness and exercise are important for the well-being of children, teens, and adults living with Cystic Fibrosis. Listed below are suggested exercise activities for those aged 7-12 years old.

    Breathing exercises

    Improve diaphragm strength to breathe and cough more effectively, and help relax.

    • Sing
    • Yoga
    • Swim

    Leg strengthening

    Improve bone density.

    • Jump forward, backward, side to side, diagonally, or up and down from a step
    • Hop on one foot in all different directions, play hop- scotch
    • Run up and down stairs placing one foot on each step

    Chest mobility

    Improve posture for more efficient breathing and improved endurance.

    • Throw, catch, dribble, or hit at a ball with hands, reaching arms over head
    • Lay on back with knees bent and drop knees down to the side
    • Lay on stomach and push up with arms, keeping stomach on floor
    • Baseball/hitting ball with bat
    • Play basketball
    • Jump rope
    • Walk/run forward, backward, diagonally
    • Climb hills or stairs
    • Do an obstacle course
    • Kick balls (soccer, kickball, etc.)


    Keep up with peers when playing.

    • Walk, run, or use a treadmill
    • Swim
    • Bike
    • Skate, rollerblade
    • Jump on a trampoline
    • Play tag
    • Ride a scooter or skateboard
    • Get involved with organized sports
    • Dance
    • Exercise at a gym or health club (swimming, aerobics classes, running, spinning, any activity to increase your heart rate)

    Core strengthening

    Improve posture and breathing  support.

    • Squeeze shoulder blades together
    • Twist your spine slowly to the left and right
    • Do sit-ups, crunches
    • Pretend to swim while lying on your stomach
    • On hands and knees, lift one arm or leg up as high as you can and stretch outward. Keep your body still while lifting each limb. Advance to lifting opposite arm and leg at the same time.
    • Take Pilates or Yoga classes
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