Active Living Champions

THOMAS

Q: What type of physical activity are you involved in?

My two main types of physical activity are running and cycling.

Q: How often are you physically active?

I run 3-4 times a week, 2-3 of the runs are anywhere from 5-8k (averaging 5:30min / km) and 1 10k run (averaging just under 6:00min/km) on the weekend. I cycle almost daily with my family (wife and son) from 2-6k, this is casual cycling so we are usually out for over an hour or two (playground time included!)

Q: What motivates you to be physically active?

Be the best person I can for my wife and son in addition to having a less restrictive fluid intake.

Q: What benefits have you noticed?

After my diagnosis and treatment for my disease, I gained a lot of weight. Now that I’m very active I’ve lost about 80 lbs and I’m in the best shape of my life. I just plain feel better. Dialysis helps rid the toxins and excess fluid in my body but emotionally and mentally the exercising that I am doing is what keeps me feeling grea

Q: What advice would you give other people who want to be more physically active?

Every little bit helps. If you put the time and effort into bettering yourself, anything is achievable.


MARY

Q: What type of physical activity are you involved in?

Walking, Reh-Fite Centre, Nu-Step, bike, weights, trying the treadmill.

Q: How often are you physically active?

Four times a week – walking hallways, Reh-Fit Centre once a week

Q: What motivates you to be physically active?

I need a reason to encourage myself to do something. Patient at Seven Oaks – if she was involved why not me.

Q: What benefits have you noticed?

Emotionally I’m happier – feel a little stronger. As far as walking is concerned – better balance

Q: What advice would you give other people who want to be more physically active?

Get off the chair and try different things.

 


JAMIE

Q: What type of physical activity are you involved in?

Golf and downhill skiing and cycling on dialysis.

Q: How often are you physically active?

Three times a week – 4 to 6 hours.

Q: What motivates you to be physically active?

Live long and be happy.

Q: What benefits have you noticed?

I can face any life challenge.

Q: What advice would you give other people who want to be more physically active?

Life is not fair – stay fit mentally and physically.


VALDIMAR

Q: What type of physical activity are you involved in?

I use the Nu-Step aerobic rider – all weight equipment for wheelchairs to help increase strength – participate in stretch exercises – walk short distances with walker.

Q: How often are you physically active?

Three times a week – 2 hours each time.

Q: What motivates you to be physically active?

To regain strength in my legs (to walk again!). To delay the need for dialysis. To be able to get in my boat to fish along (to be independent). To be able to dance again with my wife.

Q: What benefits have you noticed?

I am gaining strength and flexibility. I have had a slight improvement in kidney function and I feel more positive about reaching my goals.

Q: What advice would you give other people who want to be more physically active?

Go for it! Join the Wellness Institute and take advantage of the programs they offer and all their valuable help and advice and Lean Keen Kidney Machines!


MIKE

Q: What type of physical activity are you involved in?

Of all the sports that I play, hockey and golf are my favorite. However, working out in the gym at Magellan Aerospace and going to the cottage at the Lake of Woods are important to me as well! Finally, taking long walks in the neighbourhood and at the lake with my wife and dog, Murphy, has become a regular event that I look forward to.

Q: How often are you physically active?

During the winter, I play on two hockey teams ( Wednesday and Saturday ) for an hour each time. On Monday and Thursday, those are work-out days at the gym. In the Summer, I try and play golf at least twice a week ( nine holes ) and continue at the gym, however just one day per week. Also, walks are fitted in as well, as many times a week as possible.

Q: What motivates you to be physically active?

What first motivated me was that when transplant day came, I wanted to be in the best shape possible to give myself the best possible chance of success. However, that has now changed and now it’s a lifestyle that I embrace and enjoy all the benefits associated with healthy living.    

Q: What benefits have you noticed?

Aside from the benefit of losing weight, being physically active gives you a confidence that is hard to describe. It makes me confident that I am basically healthy (except for the kidney thing!) and that I hopefully will live a long life and watch my grandchildren grow up. One other thing, and this is hard to describe, but being physically active and healthy is something I can be in charge of and control. Having kidney disease sometimes makes you feel that you are not in control of your body and being physically active fights that feeling.

Q: What advice would you give other people who want to be more physically active?

Start slow, perhaps a walk around the block a couple of times a week and please don’t get discouraged if the benefits don’t happen right away. The main thing is to start with something simple and KEEP GOING AND DON’T GIVE UP, EVER! I can’t tell you how many people I see at the gym only once or twice and then never see again. Give yourself simple goals that you can achieve and soon you will be seeing the results! TAKE CONTROL AND KEEP GOING!       


IZABELA

Q: What type of physical activity are you involved in?

Daily (light type) activities: house-keeping and gardening (as short as 15-minutes intervals throughout the day). Cardiovascular exercises – low impact: brisk walking (all year long, outdoor – weather permitting), hiking, cross-country skiing (winter), indoor biking (spinner) and indo-rowing at Reh-Fit.

Muscle Strength Training: Light free weights, resistance bands (Sculpt classes)

Balance/Core Stability/Flexibility: Stretch and Strength, Total Body Conditioning at Reh-Fit

Q: How often are you physically active?

I am active most days of the week with daily housekeeping activities (on average 8 hrs a week) and walking (on average 8 hrs a week). Three to four times a week I participate in the Reh-Fit Centre classes – 1 hr long each.

Q: What motivates you to be physically active?

For sure people like Dale, his optimism and ability to help others and to lead by example.

I also want to be in control of my well-being. Since I can not influence genetics (the root cause of my condition) my focus is on what I should be in charge of: active living. Physical exercise helps me deal with everyday stress associated with my busy life (at work and home), feeling down or when I experience minor anxiety.

My plan is to continue travelling (both on business and pleasure with family) for as long as my health allows me to. I have to invest in being fit to travel.

I would like to maintain my healthy weight (prevent weight gain) and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. I want to continue to feel great about my small but consistent achievements in the gym.

I am also motivated by the awesome team of people (at various ages) I meet in the gym, who have a similar health condition.

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”– Vincent van Gogh, Dutch artist

Q: What benefits have you noticed?

I am spending less time on what is “urgent” and more time on what is important – my health. Despite my condition, thanks to being physically active and focusing on my abilities, I am much happier person and so is my family.

I have much more energy, my body is stronger and more toned since I’ve started to be active. Exercise is my main stress relief tool – it works every time! I noticed an improved balance and much less fatigue. Also, I am aware of the fact that physical activity compliments nutrition, helps you get in shape and maintain it.

Small side benefit – I lost some weight so have a great excuse to shop for the new clothes!

Q: What advice would you give other people who want to be more physically active?

To be successful with anything in life we need to combine a series of small efforts made each day. Take the first step towards improvement of your active living, no matter how busy or weak you are. Invest in yourself . Take advantage of the Manitoba Renal Program (LCKM) and obtain advice from the amazing staff at Wellness Institute and Reh-Fit Centre. Find a fitness companion, motivate each other. Adjust your sails, and be sure your family, friends and fitness/medical professionals will help you to catch the wind.

It is your decision to make – not to be reduced by the health issues outside of your control.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”A. Ashe, American professional tennis player


GLENN

Q: What type of physical activity are you involved in?

Walk my dog four times a day, bowl once a week and do some weights daily.

Q: How often are you physically active?

Every day one hour. From Sept to June bowl Thursday for two hours.

Q: What motivates you to be physically active?

To keep my weight down and enjoyment.

Q: What benefits have you noticed?

Physical benefits.

Q: What advice would you give other people who want to be more physically active?

Try it you may like it.


CRESENCIA

Q: What type of physical activity are you involved in?

Stationary bike – biking during dialysis.

Q: How often are you physically active?

Two to three times

Q: What motivates you to be physically active?

To build more stamina and to move easier.

Q: What benefits have you noticed?

Can walk and do things easier.

Q: What advice would you give other people who want to be more physically active?

Just keep doing it.

 


RALPH

Q: What type of physical activity are you involved in?

“Biking & Walking.”

Q: How often are you physically active?

“I try to walk every day and bike three times a week at dialysis.”

Q: What motivates you to be physically active?

“The thought of having a transplant.”

Q: What benefits have you noticed?

“Weight loss, wanting to have a transplant sooner than later, muscle gain.”

Q: What advice would you give other people who want to be more physically active?

“Just to try and be more active.”

 


WENDY

Q: What type of physical activity are you involved in?

“Walking & Stairs.”

Q: How often are you physically active?

“I try to walk every day a few times and take stairs more often.”

Q: What motivates you to be physically active?

“Helps with anxiety and have more energy.”

Q: What benefits have you noticed?

“Better able to cope with the need to keep strict adherence to diet and motivates me to stay more active and social.”

Q: What advice would you give other people who want to be more physically active?

“Take some responsibility for how you want to feel. It’s a personal decision.”


CORINA

Q: What type of physical activity are you involved in?

“I walk a lot.”

Q: How often are you physically active?

“Seven days a week.”

Q: What motivates you to be physically active?

“My children and grandchildren.”

Q: What benefits have you noticed?

“Physical – weight loss.”

Q: What advice would you give other people who want to be more physically active?

“I usually tell them to keep going and that they can do it.”

 


JOSEPH

Q: What type of physical activity are you involved in?

“Cycling, Walking, Gardening, Golfing”

Q: How often are you physically active?

“Everyday”

Q: What motivates you to be physically active?

“I just love being active.”

Q: What benefits have you noticed?

“Blood pressure, positive outlook.”

Q: What advice would you give other people who want to be more physically active?

“Start slowly and keep up a schedule.”