Good afternoon! My name is Mandy Newberry and I’m the Exercise Physiologist at the University of Virginia Kidney Center. I’m here today to share with you a fairly new idea that is becoming a permanent part of the dialysis treatment. And this idea is exercise. Now I can guess what some of you are thinking. Maybe you’re thinking ‘huh-uh!’ ‘No way’. Well I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t at least give you the information so you can make your own educated decision. So what we are going to do, is talk about what you can get out of this (HOW is exercise going to help you). We’ll talk about what you need to do to get started, the strategy behind the exercises, as well as some considerations to think about. Finally, we will actually do the exercises sitting right here
“ Dr. Jones, I am interested in getting stronger. I want to have more energy, and I want to be happier.” And Dr. Jones will say “hmmmm…OK!” Now your doctor will consider your medical status, whether or not your are stable throughout your treatment session .
The exercises we will do shortly, are basic exercises that can be modified to fit you individually. This will be decisions made by you and your exercise professional. You can do these exercises at home, and/or during your treatment. During your treatment, you hardly feel like exercising. And expending more energy seems like a silly thought since you are trying to save it! But remember, typically, exercise increases your energy! These exercises can also be done at home, as well as walking. The benefits are the same whether done in treatment or at home. However, exercise during your treatment has a few more benefits.
Kind of like a cold winters day. Your friend borrowed your car with 4 wheel drive and you are stuck with you little 2-wheel drive Honda. The roads are wet, icy in places, tree branches down and snow banks in all the parking lots. Your car just isn’t going to handle the roads today. So you wait to see what the weather is like tomorrow. Your body is the same way. If your body just isn’t going to handle well today, hold off.
Luckily we don’t need to change clothes for our exercise today…or anyday! You can simply wear what you have on when you go for treatment.
Exercise for the Kidney Patient NKF People First Conference 2007 Mandy Newberry, M.Ed Exercise Physiologist University of Virginia
Slowly lower your right hear toward your right shoulder. Bring your head back up and lower your left ear to your left shoulder. Repeat right ear to right shoulder. Drop your chin to your chest and slowly roll your chin across your chest until your left ear reaches your left shoulder.
Lift up your chin until you are looking straight ahead