The benefits of exercise for Chronic kidney disease patients

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Exercise is good. It is something we do to improve or maintain our physical fitness. Incorporating some form of exercise into your daily routine, is very good habit to cultivate. Even if you are suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD) you can have some physical activity in your life and reap the benefits. You need to do this based on the advice of your consultant.

One of the leading problems you face when suffering from CKD is cardiovascular disease. Inactivity can lead to poor heart health and overall health issues, so including exercise into your life will have a positive effect on your general health. Studies have shown the specific benefits of exercise for CKD patients, which include:

  • Increased oxygen consumption
  • Improvement in the rate of decline in kidney function
  • Improvement in blood pressure and in the Lipid profile

Other benefits include general improvements that anyone exercising regularly enjoys. These are increased energy levels, mental wellbeing, better sleep and of course weight control. As a CKD patient you will also appreciate the increased physical flexibility you will start to feel.

However, as mentioned before, it must be stressed that CKD patients should follow an exercise program that is approved by a qualified consultant. It should be done to increase the benefits to your health and not done at the risk of causing any harm. Your workout should start off at low intensity and then based on your performance, gradually increased. It will give your body time to adjust to the additional physical activity gradually.

Try out different types of exercise that includes cycling, walking or swimming. You can incorporate resistance training, flexibility and strength training as well. Make sure you are doing something you enjoy, so that you are more likely to stick to it. Mix it up for a bit of variety, for as they say, ‘variety is the spice of life’ and that spice will help you stay motivated.

Always be aware of your limits and listen to your body. If you feel any pain, discomfort, muscle cramps, dizziness or an unusual increase in your heartbeat, then stop exercising immediately and consult your Specialist.

Western Hospital is the recognized name in Sri Lanka for Kidney disease treatment with the longest running dialysis program in Sri Lanka. With reputed Consultants on hand, Western Hospital provides comprehensive care and treatment for kidney disease patients.