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    Exercise and Liver Disease part 4 -The Types of Exercise for Liver Disease
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    Melissa Palmer, MD posted:
    People with liver disease should take up both aerobic and weight-bearing exercises, as
    they each play a different role in fighting liver disease. It is fortunate that there are an
    abundance of books, videotapes, and television programs that teach, step by step, both
    types of exercises. It is important to use these self-help materials prior to starting any
    exercise regimen. Other helpful ideas include scheduling a few appointments with a
    personal trainer to design a fitness routine that personally meets the needs of a person
    with liver disease. Many fitness trainers will even work in their clients' or the trainer's
    homes. And recently, one-on-one fitness training facilities have become widespread.
    They offer both privacy and personalized attention. This is important, as many people are
    too self-conscious or too shy to exercise in a crowded gym, and/or lose self-motivation
    after the first few sessions at a gym. A welcome development has been the appearance
    very recently, of gyms geared specifically to individuals who are not in good shape. In
    these facilities, embarrassment is mitigated and the convergence of similarly situated
    clientele creates an environment akin to a combination support group/health club. Finally,
    the likelihood of success is increased if a person adopts an exercise program that she
    already enjoys and that can easily be adhered to with consistency at least three times a
    week.
    Timing is also important. It is fine to exercise at any time of the day that is personally
    convenient. However, by the end of the day, most people are usually too mentally and
    physically tired to do anything, least of all, run on a treadmill! That is why most people
    with liver disease find that they need to do their exercises first thing in the morning.
    While some people may find it difficult to get up in the morning in the first place, once
    they get started with an exercise regimen, it will become easier and easier. And people
    usually find that exercising in the morning helps give them an extra boost of energy to
    make it through the day. Finally, don't overdo it. It's more important to maintain a regular
    routine than to set any records.
    Aerobic Exercises
    Aerobic exercise trains the heart, lungs, and entire cardiovascular system to process and
    deliver oxygen more quickly and efficiently to every part of the body. It's the kind of
    exercise that gets the heart pumping. As one becomes more aerobically fit, the heart
    won't have to work as hard to pump blood to the rest of the body, including the liver. The
    pulse will begin to slow down, making it easier for the liver to send back to the rest of the
    body the blood it has just filtered. The benefits of being an aerobically fit person include
    an overall improved energy level, which translates into decreased fatigue. Fortunately, a
    person does not have to purchase high-fashion workout clothes or go to a fancy gym to
    get aerobic exercise. Walking briskly, bicycling (either stationary or regular), swimming,
    or using a treadmill all provide solid aerobic benefits. Many people start off with
    something easy, such as walking around the block. A helpful hint is to start by walking up
    and down the street close to home. In that way, if a bout of fatigue suddenly occurs, it won't take long to get home.
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