This post was sponsored by Walgreens Cystic Fibrosis Services as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
When I think back to our first appointment with the Cystic Fibrosis specialist I remember him being frank about what we can expect but also being very positive and hopeful with current research and treatments. The doctor encouraged us to involve Bennett in whatever activities he shows an interest in and that exercise would improve his lung function. This was great news as we want Bennett to experience a variety of activities and enjoy whatever it is that strikes his interest.
Because we know how important physical activity will be for Bennett we have made an effort to keep physically active in simple ways such as going for daily walks or hikes. We live in the mountains so we are fortunate to have a lot of state park land close to us that offers easy hiking trails that our toddler will enjoy and that I can easily babywear Bennett in my Tula.
Encouraging physical activity is bonus for caregivers too! I have found that the extra physical activity and time outside has really helped improve my mood. After being homebound for several months over the winter trying to avoid cold and flu season, both my toddler and myself were experiencing a severe case of cabin fever. Even though the summer has had some very hot days we get outside in the morning and evening so we can get some natural Vitamin D from the sunlight and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Both of my children seem calmed by the outdoors so daily outside time is a must.
Bennett is still under a year and not yet walking independently (though he gets all around by pushing walkers, laundry baskets, chairs, or anything that moves!) but we have found a few ways to encourage movement. His jumper is wonderful for working his legs and getting him some exercise. Since he is naturally curious he is always walking, crawling, and rolling all around the house. I encourage his exploration since we have baby proofed everything! He also needs to keep up with his big sister as she runs from room to room so we are all very busy here.
As a toddler I’d love to get him involved in the same Mommy & Me gymnastics class that our daughter and I go to. She loves the different activities and it really burns off some of her endless energy. I’ve also heard from other parents who have children with CF that jumping on trampolines is great for airway clearance so we have already set one up in the backyard for all of us to enjoy and get a great workout.
We hope that by providing opportunities for a variety of physical activities that our children will grow up enjoying having exercise be a part of their day. A physical hobby is great for the mind and the soul so get outside with your children and do something that you can all enjoy together!
Exercise is important in obtaining maximum lung function in those with Cystic Fibrosis but it is just one piece of the puzzle. For more information and resources on the Walgreens CF Champions program “Navigating The Journey, Together” please visit their website.
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