CKD and Exercising

Physical fitness is a crucial part of our lives today. People all around us are reaping the benefits of regular exercise, so what about patients with CKD? Exercise keeps your body strong and healthy. While extremely strenuous exercise is not recommended for individuals suffering from CKD, patients who follow regular exercise programs tend to be more fit and have more energy than those who don’t. A number of factors play a role in choosing the right exercise regime for you including your usual level of activity and the general condition of your health.

In addition to increased energy, other benefits of exercise may include:

  • Improved muscle function and strength
  • More controlled blood pressure
  • Lower levels of harmful body fats (cholesterol and triglycerides)
  • Improved sleep

How can I exercise as a CKD patient?

Walking is one of the easiest and most beneficial activities for a CKD patient. Following is a recommended routine but you should consult your doctor before attempting any sort of exercise:

  1. Warm up and stretch (consult your doctor before attempting warm up exercises).
  2. Walk. Try to walk at least 30 minutes at a time a minimum of 3 times a week provided you feel comfortable doing so.
  3. Cool down. Slow down towards the end of your walk to bring your body back to its initial state.

Disclaimer: The UCLA Health System cannot guarantee the accuracy of such information. The information is provided without warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please speak to your Physician before making any changes.