Almost everyone finds it difficult at first to motivate themselves to exercise regularly. There will be also additional limitations due to your chronic kidney disease. However, an appropriate amount of exercise can have a positive effect on body awareness, circulation and sleep rhythm.
As a dialysis patient, there are many ways to get involved in exercising. Perhaps you can find a sports partner with whom you can get and stay fit together? By doing so, you can do something good for your body through exercise and for your soul through conversation.
Be aware: Before you start exercising, it is important that you talk with your physician about the different types of sports you would like to do and whether this would be an appropriate option for you.
Exercising and peritoneal dialysis
The types of sport and exercise you can do with peritoneal dialysis are largely influenced by the following factors:
- Your general health
- The condition of your catheter exit site
- The amount of fluid that remains in the abdominal cavity during treatment
As a PD patient, you should avoid sports that could put pressure on your abdomen which may later cause problems. This includes, for example, martial arts. Because of the risk of infection at the catheter exit site, water sports should also be avoided. Please consult with your physician to find out appropriate options for you.
Exercising and haemodialysis
For haemodialysis, the types of sports and exercise you can do are also largely influenced by different factors:
- Your general state of health
- The type and condition of your vascular access
- The mobility and resilience of the part of the body where your vascular access is placed
To prevent possible complications, you must protect your access well while exercising. For example, you can for example put on special cuffs for this purpose. Please consult with your physician to find out appropriate options for you.
Don´t forget to discuss the level of your exercise with your physician!