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"Focusing on diet and exercise helped delay dialysis"
Physical activity is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. It allows you to maintain your mobility and independence, while helping you feel better about yourself.
Benefits of regular exercise include: increased strength and endurance, improved blood pressure control, increased energy, improved range of motion, increased bone density and improved mood.
Start slowly and increase the activity gradually so that your body can adapt to exercise. Listen to your body! You should start off at a level that your body is capable of tolerating safely. A good exercise routine includes a warm-up and cool-down to allow the muscles time to adapt to the demands you are placing on them. Remember that many factors must be taken into consideration before starting an exercise program.
There are three important types of exercises that you could include in your routine: Flexibility Exercises, Aerobic Exercises, and Strengthening Exercises.
The above exercises are a general description of the types of exercises that are beneficial to maintain health and wellness. Nevertheless, you will need to follow up with your renal health care team to ensure these exercises are right for you.
Please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website: www.publichealth.gc.ca and search for Physical Activity for more details.
**Make sure you talk to a healthcare professional before starting an exercise program to ensure that all of your medical issues have been taken into consideration**