Life lies in movement. However, many kidney disease patients do not think they can take an exercise.The truth is, exercise can bring them lots of benefits. The key point is that they must choose correct type of exercise.
Three types of exercise for kidney disease patients
It is a type of exercise good for your heart and lungs. It includes some continuous activities such as walking, cycling, swimming, biking or using gym equipment.
This is for muscle strengthening. Some kidney disease patients suffer from muscle wasting or joint pain. Resistance exercise can improve that condition. This type of exercise is about repeated movements with weights or resistance tubing. You do not have to lift heavy weights. Actually, it is better to lift small weights and do more repetitions.You do not need expensive equipment to do resistance exercise. Some things in your house can be used. Water bottles is a good choice, as you can even change the weight by increasing or reducing the amount of water.
It is to prevent stiffness and increase mobility. Normally, it is done along with resistance exercise. You should keep your muscles in different positions for about 30 seconds. Meanwhile, some stretching actions on your neck, upper back, arms, sides and legs are necessary. Samely, head turn, shoulder shrug and wrist rotation are also useful. However, if you have PKD or kidney cysts, you should avoid stretching or bending movements.
Four aspects you should pay attention to
How hard to exercise depends on your physical condition. If you have uncomfortable feelings such as breathless and hard to speak, slow down.
How often kidney patients can do exercise varies from person to person. If you feel good and want to do more, you should consult both your coach and doctor.
If you just start, you can have one session with 10 minutes. Then add 5 minutes to your sessions each week until you reach your goal. Start and end each physical activity with a 5-10 minutes warming up and cooling down.
Although you are taking some kinds of exercise, you can not eat restricted foods. Exercise and diet should go hand-in-hand.
Again, I want to remind you that the above article is the general information. As for you, you should consult your doctor and dietitian for the specific exercise plan. Our online experts will also be ready to give you professional suggestions.