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Fact Sheet Number 802
EXERCISE AND HIV
WHY IS EXERCISE IMPORTANT?
Exercise helps many people with HIV
disease feel better and might strengthen
your immune system.
Exercise cannot control or fight HIV disease,
but it may help you feel better and fight
many of the side effects of HIV disease and
WHAT ARE THE
ADVANTAGES OF EXERCISE?
Regular, moderate exercise has many of the
same advantages for people with HIV
disease as it does for most people. Exercise
Improve muscle mass, strength and
Improve heart and lung endurance
Improve your energy level so you feel
Enhance your sense of well-being.
Help stabilize or prevent declines in
CD4 cell counts. See Fact Sheet 124
for more information on CD4 cells.
Increase bone strength
Decrease cholesterol and triglycerides
(see fact sheet 123)
Decrease fat in the abdomen
Improve the way the body uses and
controls blood sugar (glucose)
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF
You can get dehydrated (lose too much
water) if you do not drink enough liquids
to keep up your fluid levels.
Injuries may take more time to heal.
You can lose lean body mass if you
exercise too much. Serious cases can
lead to AIDS wasting (see fact sheet
You can injure yourself if you use the
wrong “form” in exercises.
Exercise can help those with heart
disease, but talk to your doctor to make
sure that you are able to exercise
EXERCISE GUIDELINES FOR
PEOPLE WITH HIV
Don’t Overdo It!
A moderate exercise program will help your
body turn your food into muscle. Take it
easy, and work exercise into your daily
Work up to a schedule