Build a Strong Body

Walk, Jump, Run, or Skip Your Way to a Fitter You

It is no surprise that exercise and physical fitness are important parts of keeping your body healthy.

In the past, it was thought that people with kidney disease would not be able to join in vigorous activity but we now know that patients who follow an exercise program are stronger and have more energy.1

Most people understand the outward benefits like increased energy and strength but there are a series of other health benefits going on inside your body when you incorporate exercise into your weekly routine.1

  • Helping to control your blood pressure
  • Lifting your mood to help fight depression
  • Lowering your level of blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides) and reducing your risk of heart attack

Exercise activities that move large muscle groups are a good place to start. For example: walking, bicycling, skiing or dancing.

When you begin an exercise routine, try exercising 3 non-consecutive days per week. For example, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Try gradually working up to 30 minutes per session. Many people feel 30 minutes is too much to start with so try to walk for 5 to 10 minutes and gradually increase your session lengths as you get more comfortable with exercising.*1

*Before beginning any exercise program consult with your physician to determine what is appropriate for you. It is important to protect your vascular access when exercising if you are currently on a form of dialysis. In addition, some people on Peritoneal Dialysis may also have certain weight restrictions; you should always follow the recommendations from your doctor prior to beginning an exercise program or routine.

  1. Painter P. A Guide for the People on Dialysis. Developed by The Life Options Rehabilitation Advisory Council and Supported by an Education Grant from Amgen®, Inc. Renal Advances. 2000.