Exercise and Hepatitis C  - Be Active!

Physical exercise can help to release tension and improve your overall level of health. Daily low impact activities can help people with hepatitis C to build their fitness.

Start with simple things like bicycle riding—ride a little further each day/week, get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way home, or take short walks and increase the distance you walk each day/week.

Don’t overdo it. Your immune system needs adequate rest so listen to your body and take it easy if you feel ill or need rest.

Examples of moderate exercise include:

  • swimming or water aerobics;
  • walking—meet with a friend and you’ll be less likely to pull out;
  • play a game of golf;
  • yoga can be a good option if you only have a small space to exercise e.g. inner city apartment or prison cell;
  • take the dog for a walk;
  • gardening—plant some herbs to flavour your dinner;
  • kick the ball around with the kids in the backyard; or
  • walk rather than rest on escalators.

Page Updated: 17 June 2013