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Exercise is important to keep both your body and mind "in shape". Running, swimming, cycling, aerobics and tennis are excellent examples of the kind of activities of benefit to people with PCD. A valuable tool to maintain lung health, exercise . . .
- Breaks up excess mucus in the lungs so it can be coughed up more easily: The vibration created during vigorous exercise provides a natural form of physiotherapy.
- Increases energy levels: By working out regularly, your body becomes more efficient at burning calories, thus giving you more energy throughout the day.
- Improves self-esteem: People with PCD, especially children can participate in team sporting activities minimizing the isolation they may feel at times. When following a regular exercise regimen, you bring about greater self-esteem through the results achieved. Learn more about being positive.
- Strengthens the immune system: In general, people are less likely to get sick when exercising regularly, which is another advantage people with PCD should capitalize on as much as possible. Note that over-exercising can weaken the immune system, so balance is key.
- Reduces stress levels: Regular workouts can extensively reduce stress levels. They allow you to take your mind off the daily grind and productively channel pent up thoughts and energy. Learn more about the importance of reducing stress.