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July 25, 2016

The two exercises that will keep you fit for life

By Alyse Brunella

New research shows that many fit older adults have the bones and muscles of younger (sometimes decades younger) people. How do they do it? Dr. Michael Joyner, a Mayo Clinic physician, researcher, and one of the world’s top experts on fitness and human performance, says there are two exercises that help you stay strong, even as you age: burpees and jumping rope. These two exercises truly help build strength, but keep in mind that any exercise is good for you. Whether it’s a quick swim, jog, or even Pokémon Go, keeping active will help your strength and endurance as you age. Find out more here.   

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As a recent kidney transplant recipient (3 months ) I am concerned of strength exercises I can do. Presently I will walk daily or when traveling I will use an elliptical machine. Pre transplant I would do daily push-ups and sit-ups. I recently started going to a local fitness club but have avoided the weight machines as not being sure what is advisable to use. Motivated but confused! Thanks Scott

@scottb32

As a recent kidney transplant recipient (3 months ) I am concerned of strength exercises I can do. Presently I will walk daily or when traveling I will use an elliptical machine. Pre transplant I would do daily push-ups and sit-ups. I recently started going to a local fitness club but have avoided the weight machines as not being sure what is advisable to use. Motivated but confused! Thanks Scott

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Hi @scottb32, Welcome to Connect.
Sorry for the delayed response. Somehow I missed your post. I’m tagging @rosemarya @wmoser2613 @coastalgirl @dglass4040 who may be able to add their thoughts and experiences with exercise pre and post transplant.

Scott, what advice did you receive from your medical team?

@scottb32

As a recent kidney transplant recipient (3 months ) I am concerned of strength exercises I can do. Presently I will walk daily or when traveling I will use an elliptical machine. Pre transplant I would do daily push-ups and sit-ups. I recently started going to a local fitness club but have avoided the weight machines as not being sure what is advisable to use. Motivated but confused! Thanks Scott

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@scottb32 Hi Scott, Congrarulations on your successful transplant! It is an awesome feeling to be able to concentrate on long term health after transplant, good for you. I have a liver and kidney transplant. Early on I was told that walking is good. For the first couple months, I remember a limit on how much weight I could lift. It sounds like you want to continue and to build upon your pretransplant routine. I think your best answer would be from your own post kidney transplant team. They alone would know your current physical capabilities. Stay motivated!!! Rosemary

@scottb32

As a recent kidney transplant recipient (3 months ) I am concerned of strength exercises I can do. Presently I will walk daily or when traveling I will use an elliptical machine. Pre transplant I would do daily push-ups and sit-ups. I recently started going to a local fitness club but have avoided the weight machines as not being sure what is advisable to use. Motivated but confused! Thanks Scott

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No worries on response time. It was recommended that I continue to walk although I’m looking to increase my overall exercising. I have a tendency of over doing it so I’m working on endurance rather than strength. I just started adding weights although avoiding abs work.

@scottb32 Have you seen the ongoing discussions in the Transplants group? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/transplants/ I hope you’ll join us over there.

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@scottb32

As a recent kidney transplant recipient (3 months ) I am concerned of strength exercises I can do. Presently I will walk daily or when traveling I will use an elliptical machine. Pre transplant I would do daily push-ups and sit-ups. I recently started going to a local fitness club but have avoided the weight machines as not being sure what is advisable to use. Motivated but confused! Thanks Scott

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@scottb32 Scott, I remember that it took me a while to rebuild my endurance and stamina after my transplant. Before my transplant I was so inactive due to ascites and edema. So it took real determination to rebuild what I had lost, muscle wise and stamina.. I was, however, given the ‘green light’ to do some hiking 5 months after my transplant. Took it easy and shortened distance. Also, I do recall having some discomfort during exercising in abdomen due to scar tissue. I was afraid that I was doing damage or that something was wrong! Once I learned about the scar tissue and normal surgical healing, I felt that I could gradually increase my activity. Eventually the pulling/discomfort went away. I hope you keep on improving! Take it slowly!! Keep on enjoying your new healthy body 🙂
Rosemary

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Scott, i am so thrilled to hear of your successful transplant. I would definitely speak with your care team about exercise and would recommend PT for as long as you can get your insurance to approve. It will be helpful to have positive reinforcement to keep you motivated. Remember to be patient and not push yourself beyond where your body is willing to take you.
I am now working with a personal trainer and it was a great decision to make that move.
Stay strong!! You are doing great!

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@coastalgirl

Scott, i am so thrilled to hear of your successful transplant. I would definitely speak with your care team about exercise and would recommend PT for as long as you can get your insurance to approve. It will be helpful to have positive reinforcement to keep you motivated. Remember to be patient and not push yourself beyond where your body is willing to take you.
I am now working with a personal trainer and it was a great decision to make that move.
Stay strong!! You are doing great!

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@scottb32, Scott, I just saw your name on one of my posts and I want to ask you How are you doing. Last time we communicated, I believe, you were working on building up your endurance after your kidney transplant. Any progress that you are pleased with? I have found that for me, it is more difficult and takes longer for me to exercise. I walk regularly, and like to hike. But it is harder for me now. Also, I’ve been dealing with exercise induced asthma that I never had before. O well! I just keep plugging along anyway!
We would love to hear from you. Rosemary

@coastalgirl

Scott, i am so thrilled to hear of your successful transplant. I would definitely speak with your care team about exercise and would recommend PT for as long as you can get your insurance to approve. It will be helpful to have positive reinforcement to keep you motivated. Remember to be patient and not push yourself beyond where your body is willing to take you.
I am now working with a personal trainer and it was a great decision to make that move.
Stay strong!! You are doing great!

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Thanks Rosemary for checking in with me. Funny as I read your post I’m sitting in the Mayo parking lot waiting for the lab to open. Exercise has gone great and doing well with it. Back to traveling weekly and was glad to see your recent post on taking care during the flu season. This is my first winter and I’m a little concerned at the many hotels I stay. Otherwise I’m looking forward to some down time and slowing down during the upcoming holidays. Time to go get stuck and hope my numbers get back to normal.

@coastalgirl

Scott, i am so thrilled to hear of your successful transplant. I would definitely speak with your care team about exercise and would recommend PT for as long as you can get your insurance to approve. It will be helpful to have positive reinforcement to keep you motivated. Remember to be patient and not push yourself beyond where your body is willing to take you.
I am now working with a personal trainer and it was a great decision to make that move.
Stay strong!! You are doing great!

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I hope you got good lab results. It is always a cause for celebration at our house! I have my labs drawn locally. I’m now on a 3 month schedule. A big change from 1st year. My prograf kit is mailed to Mayo, but this time it got lost somewhere and I had to set stuck again. I still do not like needles!
Scott, please give a look at the discussions on the Transplant discussion. And feel free to add a reply or question wherever you would like. I hope your health (and mine) continues to be good. Rosemary

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