Archive for July, 2012

Creating an Invigorating Exercise Routine While Living With HIV

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Being diagnosed with HIV is life changing for people.  This disease has many stigmas associated with it that can scare a person newly diagnosed with HIV half out of his or her senses. As worry and stress settle in, it can be easy for a person who has HIV to neglect taking proactive steps to ensure he or she remains as healthy as possible.

Engaging in physical exercise and establishing a healthy diet is a superb way to take action to manage health and to maintain high levels of energy and strength that will be needed to remain healthy and to undergo treatments as necessary.

Some people love to exercise; while others dread the very thought of getting up and getting physically active.  Habits are established over a period of three weeks.  If a person can force themselves to get up each day for three weeks and commit to a specified time frame to work out, this pattern will begin to be established and will become much easier to follow through on as time passes by.

Considering your exercise options is a wise idea.  Fully investigating all the methods of fitness that are available can help you to select a wide variety of exercises to do.  The more variety a person has in exercising each week, the more apt the person is to remain committed to a consistent fitness schedule.  If exercises grow weary and uninspiring, a person stands a good chance to get bored and lose interest in exercising on the whole. As exercise continues, mood and outlook will start to improve. The act of physical activity is therapeutically in many ways, and this it can make a huge difference in the life of someone living with HIV.

Kayaking, canoeing, martial arts, walking or running on treadmills, using an elliptical, water aerobics, jazzercise, and hiking are all fun and active forms of exercise that provide excellent cardio vascular workouts.  Coming up with a variety of selection is what is important. Although all of these are great workouts, it is important to remain healthy and smart when exercising. Living with HIV brings side effects that are sometimes hard to cope with. If at any time exercise starts to feel like too much, the person should take some time and favor rest over exercise.

Finding someone to workout with will be fun and encouraging.  Working out a few times a week with a buddy or a family member is a great way to have emotional support while being active.  Combining socializing with exercising helps to keep people motivated and stimulated and this will give the individual better odds at meeting fitness goals.

Working out with friends also helps to keep people accountable to someone.  If a goal has been set, keeping the friend updated about progress towards that goal can be beneficial. Remaining physically strong enhances an HIV positive person’s quality of life and overall physical health.  When family members or friends rally around to support the person’s fitness goals, improvements often rapidly become noticeable.

In addition to some of the previously recommended exercise activities, The University of Texas at Austin lists informative articles on their website that detail how a person with HIV can benefit from various exercises and activities.  Developing a routine and committing to it can have significant benefits in the long run for any person with HIV. Exercise and good health is not out of reach while living with HIV, and it is important to stay healthy and happy. The benefits will be truly insurmountable.


Jim Rollince is a member of the creating writing department of Gym Source, a seller of home gym and training equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, arc trainers and more–