Athlete Name: Matthew Marceau
Education: Spokane Falls College
Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Matthew, I am 32 years old, I grew up in the northwest and moved down to Southern California in 2016. I played college tennis and now I teach tennis and pickleball for work. I was diagnosed with CF before I was born! I have an older brother that also has CF. I have always been super active and love using exercise as a way to increase my lung function and overall quality of life.
“I run because I believe in changing your life”
Why do you exercise?
I am super lucky that I had parents that were huge advocates of getting us active from an early age. So I have always been very active my entire life. Now I exercise because it is so beneficial for those that have CF. My lung function improves dramatically when I am staying consistent with my exercise routines. My mental health also greatly improves when I am staying active, it has definitely helped the CF related anxiety that a lot of us feel. So I have done what I can to treat it the same way I treat doing all my other treatments and make it a daily habit.
What is your exercise routine like?
I think it’s super important to keep your exercise routine fun and varied. I like to do a lot of different things. Typically the first thing I do in the morning is go for a 15-20 min walk. I lift weights 4-5 times per week. I also play a lot of pickleball and tennis. My favorite activity is surfing! Surfing also has been the activity that has helped my breathing the most. So I have been trying to be consistent about getting to the ocean a couple of times per week. But I also look for any opportunity to get more steps in like parking far away, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, it doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are moving!
What motivates you to stay compliant with treatments and workouts?
My main motivation for staying compliant with all the treatments and workouts is trying to keep my quality of life high. If I go even a couple of days where I don’t stick to my routine I notice my lung function start to drop so it is pretty easy for me to stay motivated. But I also stay on top of it because I owe it to my parents, they sacrificed everything in order to provide the care that my brother and I needed growing up. I also do it because I know I am extremely blessed to be able to stay active and there are a lot of people with CF that are not physically able to do a lot of the things they would like to do, so constantly reminding myself that it is a blessing and not a chore to stay active!
Do you have any fitness related goals?
I am a pretty high level pickleball player. One of my fitness goals is to get back into competing in tournaments and start playing in some professional pickleball tournaments in both singles and doubles. I would also like to raise awareness for CF, as well as pickleball and the benefits that a sport like pickleball can provide for people that are battling CF.
Who is your role model in the Cystic Fibrosis community?
Definitely my older brother Brian has been a great role model for me and I am super lucky to have a brother that can help out because I know most people do not have that luxury. But another big role model for me recently has been Kyle Wanatabe, I stumbled upon his instagram page a couple of months ago and he is a guy that went from borderline needing to be put on the lung transplant list to doing a full Ironman! I find it incredibly inspiring to see people like Kyle work hard and prove that we are much more than our diagnosis, also proving that people with CF can be stud athletes as well!