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CONSIDERATIONS & PRECAUTIONS: Exercise Prescription for Health in HIV+ Individuals

Quiles, Norberto Ed.M., M.A., RCEP, CES, HFS, CSCS; Garber, Carol Ewing Ph.D., FACSM, FAHA, RCEP, CPD, HFS

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000053

LEARNING OBJECTIVE To provide the health fitness professional with current evidence, considerations, and recommendations for providing exercise prescription for people with the human immunodeficiency virus and its complications.

Individuals with HIV may benefi t from an exercise program that includes cardiorespiratory, resistance, fl exibility, and neuromotor exercise. This article provides an overview on the HIV disease process, its treatment, and associated health complications and reviews the scientific evidence about how exercise can be benefi cial in the management of these health complications and recommendations for exercise prescription.

Norberto Quiles, Ed.M., M.A., RCEP, CES, HFS, CSCS, is a doctoral student in Applied Physiology in the Program in Movement Sciences in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences and Education at Teacher’s College, Columbia University in New York City, and is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at Queens College of The City University of New York. He holds an Ed.M. in Applied Exercise Physiology and an M.A. in Health Promotion. Norberto is an ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist®, ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise SpecialistSM, ACSM Certified Health Fitness SpecialistSM, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. His research focus is exercise in individuals with the human immunodeficiency virus.

Carol Ewing Garber, Ph.D., FACSM, FAHA, RCEP, CPD, HFS, is an associate professor of Movement Sciences and Education and the director of the graduate program in applied physiology in Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a clinical exercise physiologist with a research focus in the role of exercise in the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases. Dr. Garber is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association. She is an ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist®, ACSM Certified Preventive and Rehabilitative Exercise Program Director, ACSM Certified Health Fitness SpecialistSM, and ACSM Certified Exercise Test Technologist.

Disclosure: The authors declares no conflict of interest and does not have any financial disclosures.

© 2014 American College of Sports Medicine.