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Informative capsule with Toni Rubia to talk about the influence of Cystic Fibrosis on the working life of people with this disease.
Healthy living and physical exercise
If there is one thing that is clear to us at the Respiralia Group, it is that a healthy lifestyle and regular physical exercise make a difference to our health, whether we have a disease or not.
A somewhat atypical working life
Toni is a young man with Cystic Fibrosis who has led a somewhat atypical working life from a young age.
He started out as a warehouse porter carrying weight and then became a professional soldier. When he took the tests to become a professional soldier, he omitted that he had Cystic Fibrosis. He was young and didn’t take good care of himself.
Even so, he was one of the best in the physical tests in the army, except when he had an infection. That’s when he had to say he had cystic fibrosis, but that didn’t stop him from being offered a job in the army.
A change of course
Toni decided to go out and look for a job in a swimming pool as a lifeguard. After this job, he went on to become a spinning instructor in a gym until he became the coordinator of the fitness area of the largest municipal sports centre in the city.
Cystic Fibrosis is always present
Nor is he free from hospital admissions. They are usually agreed with the medical team as soon as they detect drops in spirometry or due to personal feelings.
Even so, he has been climbing since he was very young, a sport that requires a lot of strength and endurance.
Respiratory physiotherapy and physical exercise as pillars of treatment
Dr Jennifer Taylor-Cousar, from Denver (USA), in the context of the 17th National Cystic Fibrosis Congress, many people with Cystic Fibrosis who take modulators have been moving away from respiratory physiotherapy, wrongly in her view, to more physical exercise.
In Toni Rubia’s case, he recognises that he has not been a good patient in terms of compliance with treatments, so perhaps he is not as well as he would like, but he has incorporated sport into his routine since he was young so that he can work on what he likes.
In conclusion, we can say that, although physical exercise is very important, the combination with respiratory physiotherapy should be the basis for achieving everything that people with Cystic Fibrosis wish for, within the limits set by the disease.