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how much is too much?
Dec 12, 2002

How much cardiovascular exercise is too much for an hiv positive person? I'm not talking about a couch potato starting a fitness routine, but someone who has been athletic their whole life. Is there any danger of suppressing the immune system with 7-10 hours a week of cardio? Body fat is very healthy, diet is high protein, good fats and extremely top notch (no sugar) and weight is stable also. What is your opinion?

Response from Ms. Fields-Gardner

Most research in this area has concentrated on how much is enough to receive benefit and not how much is too much. In a review of research studies (see the link below) authors suggested that "aerobic exercise appears to be safe and may be beneficial for adults living with HIV/AIDS." They further define the extent of safety studies as "constant aerobic or a combination of aerobic exercise and progressive resistive exercise for at least 20 minutes, at least three times per week for four weeks."

Other researchers have suggested that an exercise program should be long-term and ongoing. Strong recommendations for exercise have been issued by several physicians and other clinicians.

So, "too much" may be something that needs to be monitored at this point on you personally. I suspect the level that reaches "too much" is likely to be a matter of individual tolerance. Recommendations that are not HIV-specific are also warranted here... such as: injury or decline in stamina can be the result of "too much" of a good thing.

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