Easy Exercise for CKDAuthor: Haley Justus
Getting more physical activity and movement provides a variety of health benefits, from improving physical function to better blood pressure and increased muscle strength. Recent research shows that regular physical activity can lead to a better chance of living longer and even slow the decline of kidney disease. These studies also found that a combination of aerobic training such as walking, biking or cycling along with resistance training such as using weight machines, weights or bands was effective. The tips below can help you get started with your exercise plan.
Before starting any new exercise routine, be sure to get approval from your doctor.
How do I start?
If you are just getting started, be sure to start slowly. Make sure you warm up and stretch before you begin. A brisk walk or a few minutes of stretching can help to warm up your muscles. Choose a point to walk to, such as the mailbox, and try to go farther each day.
How often should I exercise?
We suggest exercising for at least 30 minutes per day and for 5 days per week. Also, benefits have been shown when combining aerobic, strength and flexibility exercises.
When should I stop?
If you feel any of the following in your body, it is important to stop exercising and seek medical help. These include muscle cramps or joint pain, nausea or throwing up, pain the upper part of the body, problems breathing or speaking, shortness of breath or sudden headache, dizziness or lightheadedness.