Exercise is important for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) because when your kidney function has decreased, it can affect your muscles and your bones.
With regular exercise, you could help manage many of the health issues seen with kidney disease.
It’s important to talk to your family doctor or kidney doctor before you start an exercise program. That way your doctor can guide you in choosing exercises that will help you, not hurt you.
Be patient—it takes time to see results!
There are other benefits that you might not be able to see, so keep with it! You will get the most benefits if you exercise regularly.
Always start each exercise session slowly for at least 5 minutes before increasing your pace. Starting at a slower pace gets the heart and lungs ready for your exercise session. Also, always slow down for a few minutes before you stop your exercise session. This will prevent you from being lightheaded or dizzy after exercising.
You should always progress your exercise slowly. Start with 5 to 10 minutes of activity and adding 1 to 2 minutes to your time every exercise session. Do this until you are working out for the time you wish.
It is normal to feel some muscle soreness after exercise. Sometimes new exercises use muscles we haven’t used in a long time so they become sore. Remember that you shouldn’t feel pain during your exercise. If you do, stop the exercise and speak with your doctor.
Current as of: April 18, 2019
Author: Kidney Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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