Nephrolithiasis is the accumulation of stones in the kidneys and this condition can be relieved with the help of fitness exercises.

It’s common knowledge that exercises are necessary for your body to stay fit and trim.

Fitness exercises can promote better blood circulation, enhance excretion of toxic waste products, help strengthen the immune system, and improve respiration.

Exercises can also help the body excrete toxic waste products of metabolism.

In the case of nephrolithiasis, light fitness exercises have been discovered to prevent the formation of kidney stones and increase the elimination of existing kidney stones.

What is Nephrolithiasis?

Nephrolithiasis is the accumulation of stones in the kidneys; the most common are uric acid crystals. In untreated cases, the stones can continue to grow in size because of the adsorption of additional crystals.

These stones can block the urinary tubules or the ureters and can cause painful urination. In extreme cases, surgical removal of the stones is necessary.

Symptoms of Nephrolithiasis

  • Pink or bloody urine – due to the injury of the renal tubules/ducts/ureter
  • Dysuria or painful urination
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Hypogastric pain
  • Nausea
  • Back pain

What are the fitness exercises that can help individuals with nephrolithiasis?

If you have nephrolithiasis and you want to exercise, you can choose exercises that are not strenuous, and those that do not involve heavy weightlifting. In addition, it’s advisable to wear the best back brace to prevent injury.

Examples of these exercises are:

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Other cardio exercises

Here are specific steps on how to perform these exercises.

1. Walking

Brisk walking is preferred rather than a leisurely walk. Nevertheless, if you’re still starting, you can take it easy. The body is like a car that you have to ‘brake in’ before you can drive it smoothly.

Change into comfortable walking gear and take with you a bottle of water. You need to hydrate yourself properly to make up for the water loss that occurs when you’re sweating. Increase gradually your walking hours as your body adjusts to your new activity.

Don’t overdo it. When you feel pain or discomfort, stop and rest. A 3-hour walk per week is advisable. You can increase the frequency and lessen the hours. Example: a 1-hour walk every day.

2. Jogging

The precautions for walking are the same as jogging, but jogging requires more energy; thus, you have to hydrate yourself more often than when walking. Ensure that your shoes are comfortable. Aside from the flexible back brace, you can use knee pads or braces to support your knees.

The best time to jog is during early mornings. You can jog during the evenings too if you don’t have time in the morning.

Jogging outdoors is recommended because you can have a breath of fresh air while exercising. In some cases, when you cannot go outdoors because of the weather or because of valid reasons, you can use a treadmill – indoors.

There are various reliable treadmills you can choose from. Choose one that suits your needs and your pocket. With treadmills, you can conveniently select the tempo that you’re most comfortable with, and the distance of your jog.

There are also features that can help you monitor your progress. There are treadmills that provide good features, such as: measurement of vital signs and other body parameters.

3. Biking

Biking is best done outdoors to get a sniff of fresh air and a scenic view of your surroundings. Nonetheless, if you’re more convenient using a stationary bike, then by all means, do so.

If you’re not training to become an athlete, then a stationary bike would be more practical. You can choose from a wide variety of stationary bikes, such as: recumbent bikes, or upright bikes, or spin cycle bikes.

Find a bike that can respond to your individual requirements, as a biker with nephrolithiasis. The bike’s seat must be adjustable, and you should feel comfortable riding it. There are bikes that can monitor your vital signs, and allow you to listen to your favorite music while exercising. Choose one that can provide you the data that you need.

In your case, as a person with kidney disease, you can find a stationary bike that can provide readings of your pulse rate, blood pressure, and the approximate amount of calories that you have shed off. Of course, you must be aware too of the time you have spent in biking.

When not in use, you can easily fold most of these stationary bikes and put them aside to provide more space inside your house. Furthermore, there are those that you transfer easily because they are lightweight.

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