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Exercise and Liver Disease part 7 Putting Together an Exercise Program
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Melissa Palmer, MD posted:
Putting Together an Exercise Program


Nobody expects a person beginning an exercise regimen to run a marathon or to enter a bodybuilding contest. Setting impossibly high standards only guarantees failure. But if a person starts with easy goals and works her way up, she is much more likely to make
exercise part of her daily routine.

A good beginning regimen might include ten to twenty minutes of aerobic exercise, followed by a few weight-bearing exercises, three times a week. Everyone should work at her own pace until she is working out daily or at least three to five times per week. But even if a person can exercise only for a few minutes at a time, there is no need to despair. Doing a little exercise is better than doing none at all. It will get easier as time goes on.

When a person is in an acute phase of hepatitis or is experiencing a severe exacerbation or relapse of disease, any form of intense exertion should be avoided. There's no need for enforced bed rest, however. A person should listen to her body. If she is exhausted, then it's time to rest. If she's up to physical activity, then by all means she
should be active. But, she must be aware of her personal limitations and know when it's time to call it quits. The liver has only so much energy to distribute to the rest of the body, so it's never wise to overdo it. Again, it is essential to consult with your doctor prior to commencing any exercise program.

Click here to see Part 1 - 6 of this series:
Exercise and Liver Disease Part 1 - 6
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