Ways to Increase Strength With HIV


Jennifer Larson

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You could make a long list of all the benefits of exercise, starting with its ability to increase your energy level and your lung capacity. Exercise can also help you build and maintain muscle mass, which is especially important for people with HIV, many of whom struggle with losing too much weight. Hitting the gym can be intimidating at first, but knowing the right strategies can help you get on the road to better health.

Consult Your Physician

Before you start lifting weights or attending spin class, consult your doctor. Talk about the type of exercise that you’ve done in the past and what type of exercise you’re interested in trying now. Your doctor will likely have some advice for you, based on your current health status, and you’ll probably be told to start slow and build up—and to drink plenty of fluids.

Managing HIV goes beyond just taking your medications—you’ve also got to live a healthy life. These patients and physicians share how you can give your body what it needs to thrive with HIV.

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