Every season brings new challenges for people living with cystic fibrosis (CF). Here, you’ll find guidance on timely topics, like how to make the most of spring and tips for meal prepping.

Up first are ideas for staying active, and a delicious featured recipe.
Stay tuned for a spring cleaning checklist and ideas for managing allergies.

Warm up with a new workout

Exercise has been shown to enhance airway clearance and decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety in people with CF. And now that spring is here, it's the perfect time to plant the seeds of a new workout routine. 

Follow these tips to stay active.

  • Try something new, like yoga or pilates. Get started with these beginner yoga poses
  • Working out at home? It's still important to be mindful of germs. Wipe down equipment, such as weights, with alcohol-based gel before you use them
  • Always bring your own yoga or gym mat to classes. Soft materials can be difficult to clean
  • Wash your hands often and carry alcohol-based hand gel in your bag
  • Drink lots of fluids. It’s important to replace lost nutrients any time you break a sweat
  • If you're exercising outdoors, stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid touching your face when you work out. Germs can live on equipment like treadmills and weights for hours and spread when you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Can’t set aside a time to work out? Don’t sweat it! Try squeezing in a few crunches, sit-ups, or push-ups while you’re watching TV
  • Make your workout social. You can set up a video chat with a few friends and work out together without leaving your living room

Turkey and Black Bean Chili

Stay cozy through the last cold winter days with this deliciously hearty chili. Nutritionist Molly Bigford recommends stashing some in the fridge for quick meals. Or, double the recipe and freeze half for a busy week ahead.

Want even more meal prep tips?
Check out the first episode of Talking Everyday CF.