The human body is designed to move. Nowadays, however, we are for a variety of reasons becoming more inactive. If you suffer from kidney disease, you are undergoing dialysis, or you have a kidney transplant, you might think that moving your body and doing physical exercise could be dangerous. How would you feel, then, if you knew that it can in fact make you healthier and happier?
Physical exercise is key.
Physical exercise is key. And this does not simply mean going for a walk or cleaning your house. Rather, exercise is about working out and improving your strength and endurance. This is especially important if you are a hemodialysis patient, if you suffer from chronic renal failure, or if you have undergone a kidney transplant. Indeed, reports suggest that strength and endurance training dramatically improve kidney function. Why? Because physical exercise improves body function and physical capacity and, particularly beneficial for patients with hemodialysis, it is also useful in controlling blood pressure and ensuring maximal oxygen consumption.
How can you start to workout?
The first step is to break the fear barrier that makes you think you are weak and unable to work out: you can! This is really important. You need to trust the science and the researchers who know how to make your body healthier. Once you have accepted this, you may want an individualized assessment and a personalized workout plan which considers your physical quality and your personal experience.
Therefore, you can work out. You can make your life better. You can feel great even if you suffer a kidney disease. As Hippocrates used to say, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health”
Responsable de Traïnsplant en Reino Unido
Graduado en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte