The month of December presents many opportunities to spend time enjoying holiday traditions with your loved ones. Whether it's adorning your home with festive decorations or preparing a holiday meal, there's always room to introduce a new tradition.
Don't let the cold weather keep you from being physically active. Being active is one of the ways to keep your kidneys healthy. Managing diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease also are important for kidney health. Even modest amounts of physical activity can improve your health. Start with small, specific goals, such as walking 10 minutes a day, 3 days a week, and build up slowly from there.
There are many small changes that you can try over the holidays to increase movement. These include:
These are just a few ideas to help you get started. Learn more with the Weight-control Information Network at http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/index.htm#public.
You can visit get-involved/kidney-connection.shtml to find more information on how you can talk to your loved one about kidney disease. And remember, if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease, talk to your health care provider about getting tested for kidney disease. A family history of kidney failure also puts you at risk.
Do you plan to keep your loved ones moving during the holiday season?
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Page last updated: March 1, 2012