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Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Staying active

Activity Unlimited is the Trust's programme to help everyone with cystic fibrosis (CF) stay active and take control of their physical health and wellbeing.

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Exercise is particularly important for people with CF because it can help clear mucus from the lungs, improve physical bulk and strength and help improve overall health. 

Children with CF should be encouraged to take part in as much physical activity as possible, ideally types of exercise that leave you out of breath, such as running, swimming, football or tennis, although there are a wide range of suitable activities. It is important to let teachers at school know that exercise should be encouraged, as they may not know if it’s good or bad for someone with cystic fibrosis.

Maintaining flexibility, particularly around the ribs and shoulders, is also important. Older children and adults may need to do stretching exercises to preserve full movement in the joints and muscles around these areas. Younger children can do the same by taking part in games or activities that involve moving and stretching the trunk and arms. Your hospital physiotherapist can advise on the right exercises and activities for you or your child.

Activity Library


Take a look at the latest news, journal articles and resources from across the web.

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CF Fitness Space


Check out our Fitness Space for brand new fitness video content and information on our Activity Ambassadors.

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Physio FAQs


 Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about exercise and physiotherapy for people with cystic fibrosis.

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Activity research


Our Activity SRC is investigating the promotion of physical activity for young people with cystic fibrosis.

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Life Unlimited

Find out about our mission to create a brighter future where everyone with cystic fibrosis can live long and healthy lives, unlimited by the condition.

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Fundraising

Get fit and fundraise at the same time with one of our fantastic events. Choose from walks, runs, cycles and much more!

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