Everyone knows the advantages of exercise, but for renal patients, keeping fit is more than just another challenge. The Renal Fitness Challenge is a unique concept aimed at helping patients not only achieve important healthier lifestyle goals, but also to provide them with some amazing medical benefits. By placing personal health goals into an exciting and inspirational context, the program aims to motivate renal patients to achieve a higher level of health and happiness.
Research has shown that exercising during a hemodialysis session increases the treatment's effectiveness, and that a certain level of activity is very beneficial for renal patients. To encourage patients to begin, continue, and improve their use of exercise bikes on properly equipped dialysis units, the Renal Fitness Challenge takes patients on virtual tours of interesting places around the world. The patients learn about the history and geography of different regions while their own distances gained on exercise bikes propel their teams forward. The program significantly contributes to the health and welfare of renal patients in Alberta.
The Renal Fitness Challenge also promotes awareness of the benefits of exercise bikes on dialysis units. Through future expansion to include a growing number of dialysis units in Alberta and one day beyond, the Renal Fitness Challenge has the potential to provide long term benefits for renal patients across the country.