Fitness and Exercise

Ontario researchers find heart attacks occur earlier in people with HIV.

published: September, 12, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, Fitness and Exercise, Research, Health, Media

The researchers found that, on average, HIV-positive people tended to have a heart attack about 15 years before HIV-negative people. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on the CIHR HIV Trials Network Trial - Reprieve Study.

Ontario researchers find heart attacks occur earlier in people with HIV.

Studies have found that some HIV-positive people are at heightened risk for cardiovascular disease. The reasons for this are not clear but may be due to one or more of the following factors: smoking and/or other substance use elevated inflammation caused by HIV the presence of co-existing health conditions such as elevated blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity exposure to older HIV medicines A number of studies from the U.S. have found that HIV-positive people who had a heart attac

2,100 miles on a bike: Barry Haarde is in the saddle again

published: April, 25, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Hep B and C, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to long-time HIV and Hep C survivor Barry Haarde as he prepares to tackle his sixth marathon bike ride to raise awareness and money for hemophilia

2,100 miles on a bike: Barry Haarde is in the saddle again

Bob Leahy: Hi again Barry. Tell us about your route you will be travelling this time.  Barry Haarde: After completing five trans-continental tours in the U.S., including last year’s 5,000 mile trek from Seattle to Key West in 60 days, we decided to change things up a bit and ride the length of the Alaska Highway. The ride starts at “Mile 0” of the AlCan route in Dawson Creek, B.C. and tracks northwest in to Alaska, finishing near Fairbanks. Then, I’ll be riding an additional 650 mile

The importance of self care

published: October, 06, 2016 Categories // Yoga, Social Media, Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, General Health, Mental Health, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Jason Cole

"Now I know the true value of taking care of myself and what that means," says Maya Cole

The importance of self care

As a young child in elementary school, I was a crafty and resourceful young soul. I had to be. Protection was the name of the game and the players were the many bullies that would make school difficult, everyday. My resourcefulness paid off in the way of escapism from my bullies’ relentless attacks. I had mapped out the entire school yard. Everything was colour-coded, even the trees and neighboring houses. Strongly depicted were my ‘safe zones’. They were the places I would run to w

When a friend tells you what they think about you and your HIV

published: August, 22, 2016 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, International , Living with HIV, Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan's friend Katie describes the early days following his diagnosis and how the experience challenged her assumptions about HIV.

When a friend tells you what they think about you and your HIV

Christian says: I was diagnosed back in August 2009; we are coming up to my seventh anniversary. Each year it gets me thinking about the things that went on at that time and I know I have spoken about some of these in the past. Now for those of you who have read my previous pieces and keep up with my musings will know of the friend I mention who asked “So Christian, do you need your own cutlery drawer now?” Well not long after my last article went live, I caught up with her at a mutual

LHIVE Healthy is looking for study participants

published: August, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Yoga, Alternative Therapies, Social Media, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Fitness and Exercise, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Smoking Cessation , Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Vitamins - Supplements

The LHIVE Healthy study is currently looking for 750 adults living with HIV across Canada to participate in the study.

LHIVE Healthy is looking for study participants

People living with HIV are living longer – but are also disproportionately affected by diabetes, heart disease and smoking-related illness. These ailments are not only a result of HIV, but rather are usually the result of lifestyle choices and risks factors such as tobacco use, low physical activity and poor diet. “One of the real challenges today for people living with HIV is to grow old in an healthy way,” said Dr. Jose Côté, principal investigator of the LHIVE Healthy study. It is i

Long term survivor Barry Haarde rides again!

published: July, 04, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Hep B and C, Fundraisers, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

HIV and Hepatitus C long term survivor Barry Haarde is about to set off on his fifth trancontinental bicyle trip to raise funds for hemophilia.

Long term survivor Barry Haarde rides again!

Barry Haarde is a remarkable 50 year old long term survivor of both HIV and HepC who is about to embark on his fifth transcontinental bike ride for Wheels for the World 2016: Saving Lives by the Mile.  Since 2012, Barry has ridden over 10,000 miles to help raise $150,000 for Save One Life. Barry's goal this year? 5,000 miles--from Everett, Washington through 22 states to Key Largo, Florida! He will ride from July 17 - September 11. Bob Leahy: Hi Barry. This is your fifth transcontinental bi

Clean up the mess of your life

published: September, 14, 2015 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Daniel Uy

With self-care slipping, Daniel Uy gets some advice from an unusual source: “Slow down. Make more space.”

Clean up the mess of your life

Laying on the table with needles poking out of me, my acupuncturist turns and goes, “Do you want an answer or do you want a Daniel answer?”  When summer was approaching I was planning to take off my longest stretch off from work, also called vacation time, all at once. I was excited and a bit nervous. Apparently month-long yoga intensive trainings and being ill in bed do not count as vacation times off. Part of me was a bit concerned about income but mostly confident I would have enou

What have I gotten myself into?

published: April, 29, 2015 Categories // Activism, Events, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Rodney Rousseau didn’t even have a bike. But now he’s in training for a 600 kilometer bike ride from Toronto to Montreal in aid of the Toronto PWA Foundation. Here’s his story

What have I gotten myself into?

This summer I’ve decided to embark on a life-changing adventure. In July I’ll be riding my bicycle 600 kilometers from Toronto to Montreal and raising money to support the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation.  Now in its 17th year, the annual Friends for Life Bike Rally isn’t new information to those in the HIV loop of Toronto, but it is new to me. Since I was diagnosed HIV-positive in 2013 this is the first I’ve been involved in any fundraiser of this sort. With my adventure having

Pretty hurts

published: April, 07, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Body image. In a gay culture that seems obsessed with looking good, an FS survey found 71% admitted they’re not happy with their body shape. How healthy is this? Read this in-depth report from the UK’s GMFA

Pretty hurts

This article by Stuart Haggas @GetStuart with photography by Chris Jepson © www.chrisjepson.com first appeared in FS Magazine here.  Are you happy with yourself? You’ll spot them throughout the gay scene: they flash a seductive smile of gleaming white teeth, their shirt is unbuttoned or non-existent, exposing an enviably toned body, their looks and demeanour radiate an aura of faultless impenetrability. They draw your eye, just as intended, because their very existence requires them to e

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published: March, 26, 2015 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy looks back on 19 years of living with HIV and his recent full slate of activity

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It’s 9 pm on another Saturday evening. As pusual, I’m emptying my backpack with an assortment of cut-off shirts, shorts, my runners, and shaker cups and water bottle.  My bathtub is merely a clothing rack of the previous week’s work wear all in states of “drying” or piled in one corner of the tub.  Since I am at multiple gyms every day, this particular shower only gets used the one day, Sunday, after I shift all of these clothes to the laundry hamper.  It’s also the one day wh

Exercise—potential impact on inflammation and mood

published: January, 14, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Fitness and Exercise, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Lifestyle

From CATIE: “Researchers have proposed that one potential method for helping to reduce excess levels of inflammation and dampen immune activation in HIV-positive people is exercise.”

Exercise—potential impact on inflammation and mood

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here.   Une version française est disponible ici. As mentioned previously in this issue of TreatmentUpdate, HIV infection is associated with activation of the immune system and inflammation. This inflammation is only partially suppressed with ART. Scientists are not sure why chronic inflammation occurs in HIV-positive people who use ART but suspect that it may be due to at least one of the following: continued production of low lev

New year, new me?

published: January, 08, 2015 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy asks "to lose weight or not to lose weight at this time of year if you live in a cold climate?” And if you decide to change, how can you initiate change that has the best chance of success?

New year, new me?

And once again it begins. Many slightly well-intentioned begin assessing life and making shifts and changes for the next calendar year. And by now, many have already quit or “failed”. In my industry, we see it all the time.  New people flooding in with dozens of questions, interruping the class to ask things and then, at the end, tell me how it was the most amazing experience they have ever had and will be there every week from now on, and then I never see them again. And it’s OK. 

Why I still (kinda, sorta) go to the gym

published: November, 08, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

My refuge. From POZ magazine, blogger Bruce Ward on how the gym has helped him cope as a long-term survivor.

Why I still (kinda, sorta) go to the gym

This is an excerpt from an article by Bruce Ward that first appeared on POZ here.    Through my thirty years of living with HIV, there has been one consistency. Relationships and friendships have come and gone, illnesses have brought me to the brink of death and back to full health, medications have changed, many deaths have been mourned, careers have been thwarted and reimagined, hope has changed to despair and back to hope, often multiple times on the same day. But I have always kept a

Wheeling it

published: September, 24, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Matt Levine

Matt Levine works like a dog driving a pedicab in San Francisco but says "I’m aware of how lucky I am to be alive. Dead folks don’t have aches and pains. I won. HIV lost!”

Wheeling it

Life on three wheels  I never used to take the elevator in my apartment building until I started riding a pedicab.  Since March, despite the aches in my legs and sometimes my knees I’ve lost thirty pounds and I’m in the best physical shape of my life.  My emotional health is another story.  But so far that’s okay too, even with the mad spikes in adrenaline and endorphins that come hauling folks of various shapes, sizes and attitudes into the headwinds along San Francisco Bay en rou

Gearing up for a good year

published: June, 02, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Matt Levine

On health and fitness, San Francisco’s Matt Levine says three months of driving a pedicab have made him a new man. Now if he could just find another one

Gearing up for a good year

It’s been a good spring. Three months since driving a pedicab and I’ve put on muscle, lost fat and thanks to the fact that I’m no longer an on-call cater waiter (aka catering bitch) I’ve got a social life once again.  I get to set my own work schedule these days.    At first that last fact had me more than a bit freaked out. Since these days I’m the boss of me, set my own schedule, take days off when I want (I lease the cabs and don’t work for the company) what if I’m still

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