Kidneys

Getting Fit in 2020

Jan 14, 2020

Staying active throughout life is an important part of our overall well being. It can increase energy, flexibility, and extend your lifespan. Although not everyone will want to head to the gym to lift weights, even the smallest activity (i.e. walking) can make a healthy impact.
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If you are living with kidney disease, but are looking to be more active in 2020, here are a few answers to some of the most common questions asked:

Should people with kidney disease exercise?

Absolutely! Having kidney disease is not a reason to avoid exercise. If you have kidney disease and want to get fit in 2020, talk to your doctor about how you can safely begin to incorporate more activity in your daily life.

But what if I am too tired to exercise?

Fatigue is a common side effect of having kidney disease and can lead to the need for more rest. The good news is that with routine physical activity, energy increases. Regular exercise may also help increase stamina, decreasing the feeling of fatigue when performing daily activities.

What are the benefits?

A regular fitness schedule has benefits for everyone:

  • Increased muscular strength
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Helps control body weight

Tips to Remember With Your New Fitness Routine

Consider workouts such as walking, swimming, or activities that move large muscle groups — but avoid heavy lifting. Once you have selected your exercise and talked to your doctor, start doing it at least three days a week, and work towards a 30-minute session each time. You should never be so out of breath that you can’t talk. Most importantly, pick something you love or find a buddy to do it with.

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