Staying active on dialysis

Staying active on dialysis ?

Feel your best with regular exercise

No matter who you are, staying active is an important part living a longer and healthier life. Regular exercise helps you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease.
  • Control blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar.
  • Build strength and endurance which helps prevent injuries.
  • Feel good about yourself.
  • Sleep better.

Plus, there are many ways to stay active.  From sitting stretches, gardening, walking, swimming, to long distance running, there’s an activity that’s just right for you.

Start by talking to your kidney doctor. He or she can help you find the right type of activity for your physical condition, age, and living situation.

Making exercise a healthy habit

  • Find something active that you like to do.
  • Find a friend or family member to exercise with you; or find a group with whom to exercise.
  • Mix it up: walk one day, dance the next.
  • Turn up the music and enjoy your personal top ten songs.
  • Exercise while you watch TV or listen to the radio.
  • Track your progress with your phone or other device. See if you can get a target of  steps, time, or miles in each week.
  • Be safe, don’t over do it but try to challenge yourself if you feel you can.



Exercise inspiration

These stories of people on dialysis living an active life will inspire anyone to lace up their sneakers.

Chair exercises for more energy

Dan Bayliss, Clinical Coordinator of the SitFit exercise program at the University of Virginia Renal Services department shares some fun and creative ways to exercise. 

Your inner renal warrior

Wilson Du, a Satellite Healthcare dialysis client, shares his incredible journey from someone who was wheelchair bound at 315lbs to someone who cycles long distances while he waits for a kidney transplant. 

Overcome exercise excuses

Throughout her dialysis journey, Shari has found ways to fit exercise into her busy life.  Listen to her talk about how this has helped her feel happier, younger, and more energetic.
PD and exercise

Specialized exercises for people on peritoneal dialysis

The Satellite Healthcare research team developed an innovative program for those on PD.  People on PD were trained by an exercise physiologist at their monthly center appointment and then continued exercise at home on their own. 

dialysis and laughter

Combining dialysis treatments with laughter

Deep, persistent laughter is one small way to keep active.  Satellite developed a laughter program for dialysis centers. This video gives you more information on the program plus walks you through the top ten laughter exercises. Get ready to get a little silly and laugh. Video available in Spanish.

In the words of our patients

They've been very supportive...cheering me on, making sure I'm okay. Wilson
I can live the life I want to. I can travel, I’ve been to Europe with my dialysis machine. Nothing stopped us. Patrick