Why should I exercise after kidney transplant?

Deborah Davis, DNP
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

Regular exercise after kidney transplant has many benefits. Exercise, especially aerobic exercises can: improve your circulation and help the body use oxygen better; build energy levels so you can do more activities without becoming tired or short of breath; strengthen your heart and cardiovascular system; increase endurance; lower blood pressure; improve muscle tone and strength, improve balance and joint flexibility; strengthen bones; help reduce body fat and help you reach a healthy weight; help reduce stress, tension, anxiety and depression; boost self-image and self-esteem, make you look fit and feel healthy; improve sleep; and make you feel more relaxed and rested.

Staying healthy and following a good diet and exercise plan is important for long-term health of after your kidney transplant. Common diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol can affect the life span of your transplant and maintaining a healthy weight is key to keeping these conditions under good control.

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