The main functions of the kidneys are to remove waste products and excess water from the body. They also produce important hormones that help to form red blood cells. People with kidney disease have difficulty performing these functions. Many factors can lead to developing kidney disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, blood vessel disease, and kidney inflammation. Physical inactivity, or lack of exercise, is a risk factor for obesity, which can contribute to the development and progression of kidney disease.
Studies have found that exercise:
People with kidney disease can exercise safely, provided that:
People with kidney disease may also have other associated conditions that require further special considerations (e.g. heart disease, aches and pains). Consult an Accredited Exercise Physiologist to get started.
Australian guidelines recommend performing a combination of aerobic (endurance), resistance (strength) and flexibility (stretching) training for 30 minutes, 5-7 days per week. However, something is better than nothing. Start off small and build your way up at your own pace.