Exercise isn’t going to cure your Hepatitis C, but there are a lot of ways in which it will help you feel better and improve your overall health. Here are a few of our best reasons and recommendations for exercising with hepatitis:
Keep Up Your Strength
This is especially important if you’ve been diagnosed with Hepatitis C. It affects the liver and can cause you to lose muscle mass and tone if it gets worse.
Maintain a Healthy Weight for a Healthy Liver
Being overweight puts stress on the entire body, including the liver. More specifically, extra weight increases the number of fat cells in the liver, which can contribute to fatty liver disease and liver damage. Being overweight also contributes to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, which can speed the progression of liver disease in Hepatitis C.
Enjoy the Benefits of Your Mental Health
A 2013 study showed that exercise could improve not only aerobic capacity and strength, but also pain and symptoms of depression in people with Hepatitis C. Exercise is famous for reducing stress, which is particularly important when you have Hepatitis C because stress increases cortisol levels in your body, and increased cortisol levels can hurt the liver.
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Check with your doctor, but if possible, try to get the same amount of exercise that’s recommended for everyone about 30 minutes of activities that get your heart pumping, 5 times a week, as well as muscle strengthening twice a week.
If this feels overwhelming, or your Hepatitis C gets more severe, you’ll want to adjust your workout plan based on how you feel and what your doctor recommends. We recommend you start with walking, which has been shown to improve insulin resistance and reduce body fat, and/or check out our 7 strategies to move more. If you aren’t yet a member of Pack Health, we have a limited number of sponsored programs available click here to get your first few months of membership at no cost to you.