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For all of us, especially those of us living with HIV, maintaining our fitness is important for physical and mental health. Fitness keeps your body active and mind healthy. People living with HIV experience anxiety and depression more often than other people without HIV and these often impacts on other issues like weight, heart disease, high cholesterol or diabetes, especially as we age.

Exercise is one option to ‘stack the odds’ in your favour and increase the likelihood of keeping your body and mind in condition. Exercise strengthens your muscles and bones, immune system and builds endurance, which in turn helps manage fatigue.

Exercise as a way to connect, socialise and make some new friends with others in the same boat is a great way to improve your health. It improves more than just your physical health. It also increases the ‘feel good’ chemicals in your brain which in turn can protect against depression and anxiety.

Supporting each other as we exercise can help take our minds off every day struggles and think better about ourselves. Exercising as a pair, a group or even alongside 20 other people, offers an opportunity to talk about our lives, have fun, and build new friendships.

No matter what level of fitness you are, it’s never too late to start. Every small step improves your physical health. When you exercise, you take control and build a more confident relationship with your body.

If you have any concerns about HIV, or your health you can contact the Treatments Officer at Positive Life NSW by calling (02) 8357 8386, 1800 245 677 (freecall) or email


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    Vincent Ray 18 August 2017 at 7:44 am

    I’ve ask various gyms in my areas no one will give a pension discount. Free gym is STVincents hospital. Cheap the Junanita Nielsen centre in Woollooloo

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    Nikhil Mani 18 December 2018 at 8:12 am

    Really keep up the good work You guys are carrying on Keep motivating others who are in same situation and finding themselves lost.Appreciated your efforts!!!Have a great time!!!

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