Intersection of COVID-19, HIV and exercise: a commentary with home-based exercise recommendations for practice

Nicholas J. SantaBarbara, Sanaz Nosrat, Elizabeth Mayfield Arnold, Dallas Swendeman, Warren Scott Comulada

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Abstract

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has led to closures or reduced capacity of non-essential businesses and recreational areas and stay-at-home orders to promote social distancing. Although effective to reduce transmission, these policies may negatively impact exercise behaviors. Exercise is effective at mitigating the risk of developing or exacerbating several of underlining risk factors for a more severe COVID-19 disease course and may be particularly important for people with HIV (PWH). In this commentary, we discuss the intersection of COVID-19 and exercise with a specific focus on people living with HIV. We then provide a pragmatic, home-based exercise routine that can be performed with little to no equipment or supervision. It is important for PWH (and others) to start or maintain at least some level of exercise to reduce the risk of a severe COVID-19 disease course and to improve other health outcomes in this unfamiliar climate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-192
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • HIV
  • exercise
  • physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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