Thanks for those very helpful tips. Kidney patients should not exercise hard because it might it might affect their kidneys.
Have you all heard that light exercise DURING treatment is good for removal of fluid removal? keeps your O2 up and makes the fluid move from the cells into the blood system.
It's posts like this that make me happy to be a part of this community.I just joined the local YMCA which is a block away from my apartment and I've been wondering what else I could do besides the Treadmill and a Stationary Bike and here I find this wonderful guideline. Now I just need to find swim trunks in November...in Western NY.
Top 7 Fitness Exercise Tips for Kidney PatientsRegular exercise improves muscle function, helps control blood pressure, lowers cholesterol and increases quality of sleep.Despite the multiple benefits, many chronic kidney disease patients do not exercise enough due to concerns regarding what type of exercise they can do, how often they should exercise and how to create a fitness schedule. This month, the National Kidney Foundation answers 7 common fitness questions from CKD patients. 1. What types of exercise can I do? Choose continuous activity such as walking, swimming, bicycling (indoors or out), skiing, aerobic dancing or any other activities in which you need to move large muscle groups continuously. Low-level strengthening exercises may also be beneficial as part of your program. Design your program to use low weights and high repetitions, and avoid heavy lifting. One simple way to exercise and help many others with CKD is to join a local Kidney Walk 2. . How often and for how long should I exercise for? Exercise at least three days a week. These should be non-consecutive days, for example, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Three days a week is the minimum requirement to achieve the benefits of your exercise. Work toward 30-minute sessions. Remember to build up gradually to this level. 3. Can I take part in vigorous physical activity? Yes. In the past, it was thought that people with kidney disease would not be able to join in vigorous activity. We know now that patients who decide to follow an exercise program are stronger and have more energy. 4. How hard should I work while exercising? This is the most difficult to talk about without knowing your own exercise capacity. Usually, the following ideas are helpful: * Your breathing should not be so hard that you cannot talk with someone exercising with you. Try to get an exercise partner such as a family member or a friend. * You should feel completely normal within one hour after exercising. If not, slow down next time. * You should not feel so much muscle soreness that it keeps you from exercising the next session. The intensity should be a "comfortable push" level. Start out slowly each session to warm up, then pick up your pace, then slow down again when you are about to finish. The most important thing is to start slowly and progress gradually, allowing your body to adapt to the increased levels of activity. 5. When should I exercise? Try to schedule your exercise into your normal day. Here are some ideas about when to exercise: * Wait one hour after a large meal * Avoid the very hot times of the day * Morning or evening seems to be the best time for exercising * Do not exercise less than an hour before bedtime 6. When should I stop exercising? You should stop exercising if you feel any of the following: * Very tired * Shortness of breath * Chest pain * Irregular or rapid heart beats * Sick to your stomach * Leg cramps * Dizzy or light-headed 7. Are there any times when I should not exercise? Yes. You should not exercise without talking with your doctor if any of the following occurs: * You have a fever * You have changed your dialysis schedule * You have changed your medicine schedule * Your physical condition has changed * You have eaten too much * The weather is very hot and humid * You have joint or bone problems that become worse with exercise If you stop exercising for any of these reasons, speak to your doctor before beginning again.From NKF Newsletter
I walk, swim, indoor bike and lift light weights. If for some reason I stop the activity (ie, catch a cold) I get achy joints, cranky and depressed.Check with your doctor to see if there is a reason not to start an exercise program and if he clears you it is important to start slowly and increase gradually. Over time there seem to be no limits... just take a look what Shad Ireland is able to do.Now there are more and more dialysis patients running marathons. Good Luck Everyone...