Regular exercise is important for people with chronic kidney disease. It can help improve many of the health issues that come with chronic kidney disease, such as:
Getting regular exercise helps you to:
Most benefits are things you can feel rather than things you can see. It will take time to see results, so be patient. You will get the most benefits if you exercise regularly.
There are different types of exercise. They all have health benefits:
It’s important to talk to your family doctor or kidney doctor before you start an exercise program. Your doctor can help you choose exercises that will help you, not hurt you.
Always warm up before each exercise session by going slowly for at least 5 minutes. Then increase your pace. Starting at a slower pace gets your heart and lungs ready for your exercise session.
Always cool down at the end of each exercise session by slowing for a few minutes before you stop. This will prevent you from being lightheaded or dizzy after exercising.
Progress your exercise slowly. Start with 5 to 10 minutes of activity and add 1 to 2 minutes to your time every exercise session. Do this until you reach your goal workout time.
Sometimes new exercises use muscles we haven’t used in a long time. It is normal to feel some muscle soreness after exercise.
Remember that you shouldn’t feel pain during your exercise. If you do, stop the exercise and speak with your doctor.
Current as of: December 1, 2023
Author: Medicine Strategic Clinical Network - Kidney Health, Alberta Health Services
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