Being inactive is dangerous for people with kidney disease. When you are inactive, you have an increased risk of:
- Disability and loss of independence
- Other diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes
- Muscle wasting
There are many benefits of exercise. Participating in regular exercise can:
- Increase your fitness level up to 42%
- Increase your strength up to 20%
- Increase your physical functioning
- Help reduce blood pressure medication requirements up to 36%
- Decrease your LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol)
- Increase your HDL cholesterol (GOOD cholesterol)
- Improve your control of diabetes
- Help your manage weight
- Increase your chance of survival
- Decrease depression
- Decrease anxiety
- Improve the quality of your life
It's easy to start an exercise routine. You don't need to join a gym and pay a lot of money. Options include:
- Move around during TV commercials
- Park farther away from your destination
- Listen to a book as you walk around your neighborhood
- Using a stationary bicycle while on dialysis
- Lift light weights
- Use soup cans for light weights
- Use milk jugs partially full with liquid or sand for heavier weights
- Get a hula-hoop and "hula" to music
Exercise is great for you, but sometimes hard to do. Getting started is the first step. Consider these tips for getting started:
- Talk to your doctor about starting an exercise program that's right for you.
- Start small and build up to a comfortable routine, such as the "FITT" plan:
- Frequency - Try 3 times per week.
- Intensity - Don't overdo it. Go at your own pace.
- Time - Build up to 30 minutes.
- Type - Walk, run, cycle, swim or row.
The University of Delaware is offering free supervised group exercise lessons. Learn more by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.