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Exercise to Help Your Kidneys

Exercise Choices

My doctor suggests that I try the following types of exercise:

  • Stretching

  • Swimming

  • Walking

  • Bicycling

  • Doing aerobics

  • Taking a dance class

  • Using an exercise machine, such as _________________

  • Other _________________

When you make exercise part of your life, you'll feel healthier. Staying fit is more important than ever now that your kidneys are not working fully. If you exercise often, your heart and lungs are likely to function better. This improves blood flow to all your other organs, helping them to work better, too.

How You Benefit

When you exercise, blood flow to your organs and tissues increases. This gives you more energy. Exercise also improves muscle tone, which may help make your bones stronger. This is helpful because kidney disease sometimes weakens bones. Frequent aerobic exercise (a nonstop activity that makes your heart work harder) can also help reduce high blood pressure.

Make Exercise Part of Your Life

For best results, exercise at least 3 times a week. Make it a goal to work out for 15–30 minutes each time. Talk with your healthcare provider about the safest way to start.

To Be More ActiveWoman swimming laps.

All types of movement count. Try the tips below to help you get more active.

  • Swim laps at a local pool.

  • Go for a walk, mow the lawn, or wash the car.

  • Take the stairs.

  • Choose a parking spot farther away from your destination.

Online Medical Reviewer: Arora, Neiha, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Lash, James P, MD
Last Review Date: 11/2/2011
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