Viral Hepatitis and Exercise
Exercise is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. It is particularly important for people which health challenges such as hepatitis.
Exercise offers a number of benefits for people with hepatitis, including increasing energy, improving immunity, and reducing depression.
Exercise has been shown to1:
- Decrease fatigue
- Boost immune response
- Improve the liver's blood flow
- Alleviate depression
Safe, regular exercise is most beneficial. Increasing your level of physical activity in any way--even by doing a little more of your daily activities--is better than a sedentary lifestyle. For more information and helpful tips, see the "Regular Exercise: How to Get Started" section of the exercise article.
- Personal trainer
- Yoga therapist
- Your dog
- And many more...
It is important to pick a type of exercise and durations that are compatible with your physical health. If you have a serious health condition, consult with your physician before starting an exercise program.
A health condition or injury may prevent you from engaging in certain types of exercise such as jogging or bike riding but walking. Gentler forms of movement such as stretching or yoga may still be safe and beneficial options.
- Rakel, D. (2007). Integrative Medicine (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier.