Being active can help you stay healthy in many ways. Here you will read about how different types of exercise can provide health benefits throughout the body, both during the day and at night, so you can enjoy lifelong good health.
Exercising has many mental and physical health benefits. Although physical activity does not fight or control HIV, it can help you feel better and improve your overall health.
There are two main types of physical activity:
Both types of activity are beneficial to your health, but strength training is one of the best ways to increase lean body mass and bone density, which could be lost through HIV, as it has been shown to encourage muscle and bone growth in the general population.
How often should I be active?
The average adult should try to engage in physical activity every day. Find out what you can do to try and stay active each week below:
At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)
75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such as running or a game of singles tennis every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)
A mix of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity, such as two 30-minute runs and 30 minutes of fast walking
A good rule is that one minute of vigorous activity provides the same health benefits as two minutes of moderate activity.
One easy way to do your recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity is to do 30 minutes, 5 days a week.
To find out what else you can do to take care of your sexual health as a cis- or transwoman and live well with HIV, click on the boxes below: