Many patients living with cirrhosis avoid exercise for many reasons.
Most patients with cirrhosis can and should engage in regular exercise. Your physician may want to review your health and do some tests before you begin exercising or when you wish to progress to a new level.
When exercising, there are some basic principles to be aware of to ensure your safety:
- Wear non-slip shoes
- Drink water before, during & after exercise
- Clear area that is free of clutter or furniture in which you can move about freely without tripping or knocking something over
- Have balance supports like a chair or wall within easy reach
- For levels P2 and P3, place resistance bands or hand-held free weights nearby, ready for use when you need them but not so close to trip on