Fitness in the Dialysis Center
If your doctor offered you a pill that could give you more energy, make you stronger, lift your mood and prevent heart attacks, would you take it? Unfortunately, there is no such pill, but there is something you can do to get some or all of the same benefits…. REGULAR EXERCISE.
People on dialysis who exercise regularly get results. They can do more, PLUS they feel better. They have more energy, and they feel less anxious and depressed perhaps because they have a greater sense of control over their lives. All in all, exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Almost every person on dialysis can exercise. What’s best for your depends on your medical condition and how well you can walk. If you have trouble walking or cannot walk ...you can still exercise. The place to start is with a physical therapist to learn what you can do and how to do it. Ask your doctor about a referral: several visits may be covered by Medicare.
Dialysis does not mean stop enjoying life and living. It means discovering new ways to live. It means developing skills that are going to help you live a happier longer life. Exercise is one of those skills.
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