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15 Ways to Live to be 100 When You Have HIV



4. Shake Your Groove Thing

Exercise helps control your weight, fights cardiovascular disease, and lets you look fantastic in an old pair of jeans, but it can also help boost your T cells. Brian Risley, the manager for treatment education at AIDS Project Los Angeles, says some studies have shown that moderate activity, even in short bursts, spurs an uptick in T-cell counts, even when it doesn't have a serious effect on viral load. Exercise can also help you feel better between your ears.

Says Lopez: ''Exercise is beneficial because we produce hormones that help calm us down when we exercise.'' According to the Mayo Clinic, most people should aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.

''Walk, go to the gym, dance around your house,'' Lopez adds. ''Anything is good, as long as it makes you feel good.''

5. Listen to Your Inner Music

Loss of brain function is often a difficult side effect of both HIV and aging. Galina Mindlin, MD, coauthor of Your Playlist Can Change Your Life, has created Brain Music Therapy, a method of converting a person's brain waves into music to help them concentrate, sleep, and deal with stress or depression. But, says Mindlin, your medulla oblongata doesn't need to be the next Mozart to benefit from music. Any song from your playlist that calms you can be Kayne West, Ozzy Osbourne, or Native American flute solos can help you rewrire your brain and change your behavior in as little as two weeks if you play it twice a day for five minutes.

6. Get Jiggy With It

Orgasms can be wonder drugs in themselves: They help you sleep, boost your immunoglobulin levels (which fight infections), and reduce stress and depression. So get it on once or twice a week, just don't forget to play safe.


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