Okay, so whenever I think of excersize, I typically think of going to the gym, riding a bike, jogging, or doing something with a little sweat suit on. Basically, getting strenious excersize. So I told my doctor that I get totally short of breath when I do things like that, and on a bad day it's even hard for me to climb up my stairs at my apartment. So he told me that excersize for us, is basically something that gets your airways stretching and get's you huffing a little hard... And that if we are excersizing to the point of us laying on the floor sucking on our inhalers (which I have done, lol), we are actually probably doing more damage than we are helping ourselves. What do you guys do as far as a 'light load' of excersize, that gets your airways flowing, but doesn't make you totally SOB and have to sit down? I find it hard... Maybe it's just me.
I think it's important to understand that EVERYBODY sucks a little wind when exercising, especially those of us who are out of shape. I agree with your doctor to a point, but I myself wouldn't accept not striving to exercise like everybody else.
When I recommitted myself to exercising, last year, I couldn't jog 1 minute with out stopping. I got on a running program and in 10 weeks ran 3 miles. It's important to go at your own pace, but to also set yourself a goal and then set out to accomplish this.
It's also important to point out the benefits of exercise to lung health. Last January my FEV1 was in the 20's, I then recommitted to exercise and by October had my FEV1 up to 68%, the highest since 2005!!!
Even though we have CF we can still do anything anybody else can do our training is just going to be a little harder and we'll have to train a little longer, but we can do it. The biggest thing you have to learn is patience when it comes to endurance with exercise it takes us a little longer to build it up. Stick with exercise, it will only benefit you.