On the Bright Side

While disease is often unavoidable and death is a certainty, there is one thing that we can control—our attitude to the adversity that visits us. People who state that they're going to "beat" a particular ailment often do, in part because they refuse to give in to the depression that often accompanies the affliction. As one coach we know likes to say, "Postitive thinking is a healthy tonic." His logic is simple but profound: Think well of yourself, and you'll think yourself well.

The Least You Need to Know

>- Strength training and aerobic exercise for HIV/AIDS patients will make their bodies stronger without weakening their immune systems.

>- Studies have shown that exercise dramatically reduces some of the most common types of cancer for men and women.

Diabetics can work out normally, assuming they take special precautions.

>- Heart disease is often directly related to poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle.

Asthmatics have won Olympic gold medals. Asthma is not a sentence to a sedentary lifestyle; as a matter of fact, it can be brought under control with proper precautions during exercise.

>- Lupus has no known cure, but strength training is one of the best ways to combat the medication that weakens your muscles.

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