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4 Activities That Boost Kidney Function

By Brandi Goodman 

National Kidney Month arrives in March, making now the ideal time to learn about how to keep your kidneys healthy. Exercise is one method. Not all exercises will work as well, though. You don't need strength training to boost kidney function. Instead, at least five other exercises exist that can improve the kidneys and keep them working efficiently. 


Going for a daily walk is a simple way to keep your kidneys functioning well. For starters, walking regularly can help with maintaining weight. People who are overweight have a higher chance of developing kidney disease. The kidneys have to work overtime to eliminate all of the excess waste being produced in an unhealthy body. Staying hydrated during the walk is also imperative. 


Anyone who already suffers from kidney disease or has an ailment that makes it hard to exercise may find it difficult to go for long walks or try other aerobic options. Swimming is great in this instance because it provides aerobic exercise without the stress on the body. A simple swim in either an outdoor or indoor setting allows the muscles to work hard without you feeling as if you're out of breath and overdoing it. Improved muscle function can help the body burn fat more efficiently and allow the kidneys to filter things at a quicker rate. 


Some people may find it difficult to get in exercise, but dancing doesn't feel like exercise. You can turn up your favorite playlist and dance around to get in a great workout that will have your mood boosted. This is an easy way to reduce blood pressure. Consistent high blood pressure can cause damage to the kidneys as the arteries surrounding the organ narrow and weaken. Not enough blood will be able to get there to allow the kidneys to function correctly. Dancing regularly, along with other aerobic exercises, can help to prevent this. 

Household Chores

Another simple option is performing household chores. Vacuuming, mopping, sweeping, and dusting are all activities that have your body moving. You may not have the energy to do a whole workout, but just tackling some chores around the house can be all you need to keep your bones strong and bodily systems working efficiently, including the kidneys. 

Keep the kidneys healthy by performing these exercises regularly. Pair exercise with a healthy diet and you'll have even better functioning kidneys that will continue to remove the waste from your body. Add in chiropractic care from The Joint Chiropractic to ensure no joint restrictions are inhibiting any of your body's processes. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Anderson, S.C.

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