Sunday, 12 April 2015


The National 8 April 2015   Port Moresby General Hospital

AIDS Holistics always placed emphasis on exercise as a key aspect of Positive Living for those suffering from HIV infection. But it relates to us all.

Being physically active is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. There are so many ways to be active and these can all help to improve your mental and physical health.

People who enjoy regular physical activity tend to live longer, be less likely to have a heart attack, stroke, diabetes and some cancers, manage their weight better, have healthy cholesterol levels with lower blood pressure, stronger bones and muscles and able to sleep better.

Physical activity is good for your body and mind. There will be less tension, stress and mental fatigue, a natural energy boost, improved sleep, greater feelings of confidence, focus on life and motivation, a healthy appetite and better social life.

You should complement your physical activity with a healthy well balanced diet. Maintain a healthy body weight by balancing your physical activity with food intake. Stick to a diet that is low in fats with plenty of fruit and vegetables.

Experts recommend that all adults should do 30 minutes of moderate exercise. This can be broken down into 10 minute blocks. Even a little physical activity a day is good for you.
Make exercise part of your daily life by going for a walk with family, getting off the bus one stop early and walking, taking the stairs to work, kicking a ball with your family, going for a walk on your lunch break, walking your kids to school and doing some gardening.

It is a good idea to see a doctor before starting your exercise programme if aged over 45 years, pain comes in the chest, you faint or have dizzy spells, moderate exercise causes breathlessness, you are pregnant or you think you may have heart disease.

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