If you have never done exercise before, it’s really hard for you to start doing exercise after diagnosed with HIV and deciding to follow an exercise routine. Following are some tips and notes, which can help you make it easier.
Set two alarms
It can be hard to wake up early in the first stage when you begin your exercise program. So, to make sure that you can get up on time to do exercise, set two alarms and take it away from your bed. The first one lets you know that you have some more minutes to sleep and the second one to wake you up.
Eat and Drink Correctly
Absorbing adequate liquid amount is necessary when you exercise. Extra water will be the replacement of the fluids you lose. Remember that drinking tea, coffee, colas, chocolate, or alcohol is really harmful and can actually make you lose body liquid. You can eat snack or something but with just a small amount before doing exercise (snacking is OK). Try to eat during the first hour after the exercise session to replenish your body’s energy storage. Having a small snack like an apple or small peanut butter sandwich on multigrain bread before working out can provide you with a boost in energy.
Proper nutrition is also important. With increased activity, you may need to eat more calories to avoid losing weigh. You can prepare a delicious breakfast at the night before and warm it in microwave in the morning. It will make you more exciting in doing exercise. Thinking about a nutritional breakfast after doing exercise may be a great experiment.
Choose something you enjoy
Choose activities that you like. Whether it is yoga, running, bicycling, or another sport, doing something you like will encourage you to maintain your program. Take breaks and walk around. You should start with some light exercise and raise the level up by time when your health is better. If your fitness level is good, you can compete in competitive sports. Taking part in competitive or team sports does not pose a risk of spreading HIV to other athletes or coaches.
Don’t overdo it
A moderate exercise program will improve your body composition and minimize health risks. At first, go slow and schedule exercise into your daily activities. Overdo exercise may cause some harmful effects on your health.
Work up to a schedule of at least 20 minutes, at least three times per week to the best of your abilities. This can lead to significant improvements in your fitness level and you may feel better. As your strength and energy increase, try to aim at 45 minutes to an hour, three to four times a week.
Doing exercise is also a treatment, which can help improve your immune system. It may be more useful than medication in some ways, especially support your positive thinking. So, why don’t you plan for an exercise program now?
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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