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The Role Of Exercise In Managing Chronic Kidney Disease

Living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) can be challenging, but physical exercise can help to improve overall health and well-being. However, exercise is becoming very challenging for me. I find that I have to find a careful balance between physical activity and avoiding strain on the kidneys.  Sometimes we have to overcome barriers and find the right approach.

Exercise is cruical

I have only been living with CKD for a short time. During my research, I have learned that exercise is a crucial part of managing the condition. Overall, I need to manage my symptoms and try to improve my overall health. I’m finding it hard to boost my mood and energy levels. But I do understand the challenges that come with exercising while dealing with a chronic illness. This is not my first rodeo.

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One of the biggest barriers I am experiencing with exercise with CKD is fatigue. This is making it challenging to engage in regular physical activity. However, I have found that light to moderate exercise in my routine has helped reduce my fatigue levels. It is important to start with low-intensity exercises, such as walking, yoga, or swimming, and gradually build up over time.

Finding the right approach to exercising

Because of my age and other chronic illnesses, I have to challenge myself in managing CKD to avoid the risk of injury. Unfortunately, I also have weakened bones and muscles, which can make me more prone to falls and other injuries. I must work with a healthcare provider to develop a safe and effective exercise plan. They can help me put together a program for my individual needs and address any concerns that I might have.

I had to find the right approach. This can be difficult. Here are some tips I have learned along the way. Talk to your doctor. Before beginning any exercise regimen, it is important to consult with your doctor to ensure that it is safe for you. They can guide what types of exercises are appropriate and safe for your level of kidney function.

Tips for exercising with CKD

Start slow and gradually increase intensity. When starting an exercise program, it is important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity. This will help to avoid putting too much strain on your kidneys.

Focus on low-impact exercises like walking, cycling, and swimming, are generally safe for those with CKD. These exercises help to improve cardiovascular health without putting too much strain on the kidneys.

It is important to stay hydrated during exercise to avoid dehydration and strain on the kidneys. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise.

Always listen to your body. Pay attention to your body and how it feels during exercise. If you experience any pain or discomfort, stop and rest. Have you considered working with a personal trainer? Working with a personal trainer who has experience working with individuals with CKD can be beneficial. They can help to develop a personalized exercise program that is safe and effective for you. Exercise is an important part of managing CKD, but it is important to find the right approach and avoid putting too much strain on the kidneys.

Remember, we are not alone on this journey.

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