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Importance of Staying Healthy

What is good health?

Good health can be described as feeling well in our bodies, our thoughts, our feelings, and our relationships with others and the environment around us. In a state of good health, we are able to make choices and take responsibility for ourselves. Choosing when and if to have children, and having pleasurable and safe sex are obviously important aspects of our health.[i]

The fact that we live with HIV does not mean we cannot continue to experience good health and wellness in any of the ways described above, but it means we may have to learn new strategies. The relationships we have with healthcare services are important in creating good health.

Diet and nutrition

Having HIV does not mean that we have to eat a special diet; however, a healthy balanced diet will help us protect and improve our health and give us more energy.

Exercise

Most of us know that exercise can make us stronger, give us endurance, and strengthen our hearts. There are many benefits of exercise that are especially helpful if we are living with HIV.

Aerobic exercise

It is good if we can take aerobic exercise.

[i] World Health Organization. Definition: Health. Available at http://www.who.int/hac/about/definitions/en/. Accessed June 2011.

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