7 Reasons to Be More Active...Even If You Have Kidney Issues


Are you on medication to manage renal disease? Or does your schedule include regular dialysis treatments to do the work your kidneys can’t?

When you have kidney issues, you know it’s critical to protect your health, eat the right foods, avoid certain foods, and follow advice from your doctor and dietitian.

Here’s the basics about nutrition for renal disease or if you’re on dialysis. Limit the following to protect your health:

  • Sodium: Less than 700mg per day
  • Potassium: Less than 700mg per day
  • Phosphorus: Less than 350mg per day
  • Protein: Less than 25g per day

But don’t stop there. Managing your diet when you have renal disease or you’re on dialysis is the first line of defense to protect your health. But it’s not the only thing you can do.

Be More Active to Protect Your Health

Regular exercise can also keep you healthy when you’re living with renal disease or require regular dialysis treatments. No, you don’t have to be a bodybuilder or run a marathon. Even moderate exercise can help. In fact, there’s at least 7 reasons to make regular exercise part of your daily routine.

Being active can help you:

  1. Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
  2. Prevent or manage chronic diseases
  3. Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  4. Strengthen your heart, lungs, bones, and muscles
  5. Improve self-esteem and self-confidence
  6. Reduce the risk for musculoskeletal injuries
  7. Improve sleep

So what’s it take to be more active?

It’s easy. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity. Go for a walk. Ride a bike. Take a fitness class. Even yard work and vigorous house-cleaning can elevate your heart and give you a good workout.

And if that sounds like a lot, try exercising during commercial breaks while watching TV by doing push-ups, jumping jacks, jogging in place, or crunches.

The goal...sit less, move more. You’ll be healthier and you’ll feel better.

And if you really want to get the most out of being active, eat healthy foods too...The kind of foods that are Renal-Friendly and Dialysis-Friendly that taste great, are made from fresh ingredients, only take minutes to prepare, and protect your health.