Exercise May Boost Your Imune System
Experts feel that exercise may boost your immune system and since AIDS is a immune deficiency disease, boosting
the immune system would be a plus. It is important to know that exercise cannot protect you from the HIV virus.
Exercise cannot fight the AIDS virus once you have it either. What exercise can do, is to help you feel
better and possibly help you to fight some of the effects of AIDS and some of the side effects
of the medications that you take because you have AIDS.
Persons who have AIDS can benefit from exercising because it improves:
Improves your strength and your endurance.
Improves heart and lung function
Feel less tired because of improved energy level
Can reduce your stress level
Gives you a feeling of well-being
Improves CD4 cell counts
Improves your bone strength
Helps with your cholesterol levels
Decreases the amount of abdominal fat
Can improve your appetite
You will sleep better
Blood sugar (glucose) level regulates better
Aids patients need to be careful when they exercise because they can become dehydrated
AIDS can make you heal slower so injuries will take longer to repair.
Did You Know?
The best and most certain way of not getting HIV or AIDS is to avoid contact with
body fluids from an infected person.
Contact can occur during homosexual or heterosexual activity. Body fluids find an
opening in the body and the infection is passed to another person. The virus can get into the
vagina, anus, mouth, and eyes.
A person with an open cut or wound can allow the virus into their body. If you are
in the medical profession, it is urgent you take precautions while handling patients. Gloves,
masks, and goggles are necessary to protect from accidental infection of the HIV virus.
Research on the HIV virus and the disease of AIDS has been continuing since the
early 1980’s. The epidemic is growing and scientists and researchers are constantly working on
vaccines and new therapies for AIDS and other HIV associated conditions.
There are over 30 HIV vaccines that are being tested on humans, and there are many
other drugs for HIV or AIDS related infections that are still being developed and tested by major
laboratories. Researchers are still trying to trace how the disease progresses and how it damages
the immune system.
Tips to exercise safely when you have AIDS:
Be careful not to overdo exercising. Moderation is the key. Take it slow and easy. Consistency is what
Fatigue will likely play an important role in your exercise program. You will feel tired quicker than those who
do not have AIDS.
Exercising can help you delay symptoms if you are still "healthy", so don't delay in starting your exercise
Change little things about your exercise routine. Mix it up a little so that you won't get bored.
Injuries happen when you push yourself too much or try to go at a faster pace than you are used to.
Water is very important when you are exercising. Water keeps you hydrated and replaces he water you lose while
exercising. Drinking caffeinated drinks like coffee, colas, chocolate, tea, and even alcohol can make you lose body
fluid instead of replenishing it.
Food and exercise do not mix. It is best to wait approximately 2 hours after eating a lot of food or a complete
meal before exercising. After exercising you should wait at least an hour before eating. When you exercise you use
up calories that you need to replace by eating properly so you do not lose weight.
You will find that you exercise more often; if you choose exercise programs that include activities
you enjoy doing.
Unprotected sex is the number one reason why people get HIV and Aids.
Competitive sporting events are fine to participate in as long as your body is fit enough to
withstand the rigors of the particular sport you choose. As a team player you cannot spread the AIDS virus just by
normal touching that goes on during sports activities. You will need to take precautions if you should become
injured and bleeding is involved. You should immediately control and cover the bleeding area. Once the bleeding is
covered and you feel well enough to, you can return to the game.