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Should I start exercising more?

There are lots of reasons to exercise. You have probably heard them a hundred times—but here they are again.
Exercise helps you:

  • build and keep muscle mass
  • stay fit and healthy
  • relax and release stress
  • fight against illness/disease (heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer)
  • fight against depression
  • reduce PMS & menstrual cramps
  • increase energy & confidence
  • increase your appetite
  • AND it’s fun!

Exercise is especially good for people with HIV because you need to make sure you are staying healthy and active to help your body fight HIV. In fact, some studies have said that exercise actually increases your CD4+ cells, which are excellent for your immune system. If you are not exercising, you should try to start walking or playing a sport you like.

Remember, exercising to the point of exhaustion is not good.

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