Guest Post: People Living with HIV Can Increase Physical Health and Quality of Life through Exercise

By Jim Rollince, GymSource

Adhering to a rigid exercise program can seem intimidating to a person who has been diagnosed with HIV.  Because this particular disease is so varied in how it affects each person who has it, people with HIV are often at various stages of physical health and emotional health.  Sometimes, the disease can seemingly lie dormant for years.  Other times, the disease can attack and leave a person feeling extremely ill, mentally depleted, and exhausted of nearly all energy.  Exercise is one way that a person who has HIV can fight back and take positive steps to regaining strength and increasing his or her overall health.

Increased Cardio Health Benefits Stem from Consistent Exercise Routines

It is well known that physical exercise can greatly improve cardio health.  In many situations, healthy hearts equal healthy bodies.  Many people are able to fight diseases through consistent exercise programs.  While beginning with a rigorous exercise program may not be feasible for an HIV patient who is fighting severe symptoms of the disease, beginning with a mild program and then steadily increasing it can result in wonderful improvements on the way the person feels each day.

Setting up home gym equipment is an ideal way to be prepared to exercise any time there is free time to do so.  If an HIV patient is working full time or part time, going to regular doctor visits, and taking care of other responsibilities, a home gym may be the best solution to find time to exercise.  Using a treadmill, an exercise bike, and an elliptical machine can result in tremendous health benefits and improved heart conditions.  Improving the heart and blood circulation throughout the body will make the person feel physically stronger and this can have a great and lasting impact on how well the person is physically able to cope with the disease.

Remain Committed to Regular Fitness Activities for Increased Health

The US National Library of Medicine provides an online medical journal that details numerous benefits that people who have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS can gain from committing to regular exercise sessions.  Psychological benefits, increased circulation, easier breathing, and stronger muscles are all potential benefits a person can gain by committing to exercise on a regular basis.

Getting outside during nice weather and taking advantage of warm and pleasant weather to hike, swim, or go biking with friends is an ideal way to enjoy exercise and socialization at the same time.  When time is short, the individual can take advantage of fitness equipment at home to get in a few minutes of treadmill jogging or working out on an elliptical.  Every time a person engages in physical activity, the body will respond by increasing metabolism and potentially increasing levels of energy.