05 Oct So Why Exercise?


Did you know that 80% of American adults do not meet the government’s national physical activity recommendations for aerobic activity and muscle strengthening? According to the State of Obesity 2017 report approximately 45% of adults are not active enough to achieve health benefits.

Is exercise really that important? Yes, especially for people at risk for chronic kidney disease. (CKD). Regular exercise may help to manage the risk factors for CKD. Studies show older age, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and higher body mass index are associated with CKD. 

With regular exercise you may lessen the possibility of developing CKD or progressing into end stage renal disease. Exercise is one prevention method you must practice in order to avoid dialysis or the need for a kidney transplant.  There are several recommendations to prevent this, such as smoking cessation and dietary improvements to name a few, but let us focus on exercise.

Continuous exercise, such as walking, swimming, or biking is a great place to start. Every person is different, so you should work within your recommended limits and set a goal to improve over time.  Consider taking a ten minute walk outside to enjoy the fresh air.  Make sure you walk fast enough to get your heart pumping, but not so fast that you feel faint or overheated.  As you move forward with your exercise routine, increase your time until you reach 30 minutes most days of the week. 

After adopting exercise into your day-to-day routine, you should notice positive changes. These changes may include increased energy, awareness of the foods you are consuming, improved blood pressure, better sleep, lowered cholesterol, and weight loss.  All of these changes may improve your chances of delaying end stage renal disease.

Of course people want to delay end stage renal disease, but getting motivated to exercise is sometimes a problem. It may help to exercise with other people. The National Kidney Foundation holds kidney walks in cities around the US throughout the year. Maybe you need a plan to get started. There are simple work out plans designed for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Remember, today is always a good day to invest in your health. When you feel like giving up on exercising, remember why you started. Exercise really can help delay or prevent CKD.