Exercise Improves Survival in Chronic Kidney Disease; even a short term workout can extend life expectancy reported a 2011 study. Maybe this comes about because exercise stimulates Leucine and leucine triggers protein synthesis; leucine can lead to a normalization of serum albumin. Working out for just 15 minutes per day may add about three years to your life, researchers said. Eating leucine rich foods (garbanzos, chia seeds) helps increase muscle mass which diminishes with age. Results support the safety of exercise in the PKD model. Gentle exercise, non-traumatic, non-contact, is best for PKD Polycystic Kidney Disease. Get an OK from your nephrologist for exercise that you can do.
Blood Pressure Regulator
If you have low back difficulties, careful with this one. Stand facing a wall and place your outstretched arms with fingers spread wide so the hands are at shoulder height, then walk your feet backwards so your back becomes flat like a table top. Hold this position comfortably for 6 full complete breaths, in through the nose and exhale through the nose. Then gently, walk your feet forward and slowly bring your hands down and the last to come down is your head. All done very slowly. This position puts the heart below the spinal cord so it sort of hangs relieving pressure against the heart and helping to keep the blood pressure regulated.
Yoga and Pilates
Both are gentle exercises that help with PKD. Daily walks help keep blood pressure lowered. To maximize blood pressure lowering qualities, increase daily walks to twice a day or even three times a day, keeping walks short and gentle.
Some get swelling of the legs. This can be painful especially when cystic organs are crimping the blood vessels slowing down the return of blood to the heart. Rocker shoes are helpful for this. A stairmaster is also helpful. Any exercise that squeezes the calf muscles, the back muscles of the legs, this will compress the blood vessels and force the blood return to the heart.
Rocker shoes, a stairmaster, or any device or exercise that will squeeze calf muscles thereby increasing the pump and return of blood back
to the heart elevating edema and swelling.
Exercise Induced ↑ Blood Pressure
Some marathon runners have exercise induced high blood pressure. Check this out before attempting to run a marathon or even before you start a running routine. See what happens to your blood pressure as you begin to exercise for an extended period of time or even before you begin an hour long walk. Some gyms will check your blood pressure for free. My own Blood Pressure lowers with exercise. Below are some articles from case studies about marathon endurance runners.
Renal function abnormalities in runners were already not present 2-6 days after marathon run and after 16-kilometre long-distance run and investigated parameters were in normal range or they did not significantly differ from the initial values.