Articles tagged with: exercise

Positive results

published: March, 11, 2014 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow took stock of the symptoms and side effects of his medications and felt the time had come to make a change. Was he right?

Positive results

I’m glad I didn’t give into the negative stories on Atripla. It’s not for everybody but it’s working for me - for now. When I announced that I asked to go on a one pill a day regime and then told everyone what I would be taking, I began to hear all the horror stories and they asked, “why Atripla?” It seemed that every other story included someone talking about the scary and vivid dreams caused by the Sustiva component. I did remember hearing some positive stories as well but not a

Time for a change

published: January, 03, 2014 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Changing gears. Wayne Bristow says “New year, new doctor, new treatment…..why not switch?”

Time for a change

I just thought “take charge and be involved in my own treatment”. Last summer my doctor of 10 years announced he would no longer be coming to Guelph to see patients. If I wished to continue seeing him I would have to travel to Cambridge to his office there. As I don’t drive anymore, it would take the better part of a day and approximately $30 to make the trip by bus and transit so I agreed to see one of the other doctors at the centre (one doctor is totally new to the office, to us all

I am thin and gorgeous, self-loathing, bulimic, and gay

published: March, 06, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Mental Health, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Fear and (self) loathing in the bid to rid ourselves of fat. Formerly fat person Josh Kruger weighs in

 I am thin and gorgeous, self-loathing, bulimic, and gay

“Gay and bisexual men have a higher prevalence than heterosexual men [toward eating disorders],” writes Dr. Kathryn Zerbe, an expert on eating disorders and professor at the Oregon Health and Science University, in the New York Times’ Consults health blog.  Going further, Zerbe explains, “Gay men do appear to have more eating disorders than straight men, [but] these men do not necessarily want to be feminine.  Nor do they seem to have trouble with their masculine role, as the

The before and after body

published: March, 01, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Population Specific

Christopher Banks and our obsession with weight loss. He poses the question: who’s more attractive, the “before” or the “after” guy.

As the world tumbles further into the abyss of the extreme makeover age, I find myself sympathising more with the ‘before’ guy.  You know – the picture of the bloke before he started using the magnificent Ab-Wonder-Jizzmatic-2000, the Protein-Plus-Slim-Fast-Now shakes or the Paleo-Only-Eat-Rocks-And-Small-Children diet. I ran into one of these blokes (see above) when I was walking home from work a little while back. Let me start by acknowledging that it’s important to be happy and

Loving Me: Mind, Body and Soul

published: June, 06, 2012 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Kengi says “I will never have the body that I used to have, nor will I be able to sprint or swim as fast as I used to, but I will live a long healthy life, surrounded by well, healthy and emotionally stable friends who love me. “

Loving Me: Mind, Body and Soul

I'm nowhere near the fit athlete I was in high school, college or most of my adult life. In fact the past 15 years I've really packed on lots of pounds.  100% of this has to do with my diet and not being as active as I used to be.  Even though I'm over weight, my health is great. My cholesterol is normal, no sign of heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure problems or anything. However my doctor said that in order for me to remain in good health and most importantly, keeping my body strong a

Nothing Can Stop Me

published: April, 30, 2012 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

Daniel on Daniel: Strength Is More Than Physical Measurement

Nothing Can Stop Me

This article first appeared on the blog Socially Fit. Meet Daniel Uy. A yogi by trade and fun-loving guy by nature. Very funny and honest. There is one thing that makes him stand out (other than his awesome personality), and that is the fact that he is HIV+. He has been living with the virus for fifteen years. Through yoga, fitness, and overall well-being he has reclaimed his life and here he is sharing his story. I wasn’t an adult very long before HIV.  I was never the modicum of vital

Wayne’s Photo Post

published: March, 26, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Photography is still my main activity to get me out for exercise and it’s allowed me to make some social connections with other local photographers in my area. Here is a sample of what I have been able to shoot during this weird winter.

Wayne’s Photo Post

It's been one strange winter here in the Great White North. The city I live in, I'd have to say we've only had about 20 - 25 inches of snow all winter, at least that's what it seems like to me. Normally we could get that much in a couple of days. I think its safe to say we've had more rainfall than snow. Having a lot of rain and it being so cold, it hasn't been ideal weather to get out and do much photography. You might remember me writing about falling and hurting my shoulder, I slipped on

New year, new me.

published: January, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Fitness and Exercise, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

In his second post, guest blogger and poz newbie Richard T joins the gym

New year, new me.

  My energy levels have noticeably increased following my diagnosis, probably helped by all that eating over the Christmas period. Reading the local paper, my eye was caught by a free seven day membership offer from my local gym to use the facilities. Although I was mainly interested in swimming, having checked and double checked the offer to ensure it didn't involve passing bank details and ongoing commitment, it was a no-brainer decision. Excellent! This avoids the commitment of signing u

I’m missing my good friend - but it could be worse!

published: October, 05, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow reports in with a tale of a dear friend in distress. He’s worried. We would be too.

I’m missing my good friend - but it could be worse!

A couple of weeks ago, my good friend had a serious accident. We were out one day with some other friends taking some pictures when my friend and I fell into some water. I was able to pull both of us from the water but my friend had taken in som, nad it’s left him broken down and incapacitated. The worst part of it all is that it was my fault, it was my decision to go where we went. I should have paid closer attention. Everything happened so quickly. I should have helped him out of harm's wa

Exercise Guidelines for People with HIV Over 50

published: August, 20, 2011 Categories // Health, Guest Authors

Don't just sit there. Read this. (This article first appeared on POZ.com August 16, 2011)

Exercise Guidelines for People with HIV Over 50

A combination of aerobic and resistance exercises, three times a week for at least six weeks, is recommended to improve cardiovascular, metabolic and muscle function in people living with HIV older than 50 years of age, according to suggested guidelines published ahead of print by the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. A great deal has been written about the potential benefits of regular exercise, particularly for older individuals living with, or at risk for, various age-relat

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