Generating awareness for kidney disease is an important part of our work at Peninsula Kidney Associates. We were proud to participate in the 2015 Hampton Roads Kidney Walk on May 16th to raise money for kidney disease research, education, preventive care and screening, and life-saving programs.
Kidney Walks are held in almost 100 communities, and they provide invaluable support and resources for kidney disease patients and their loved ones. We encourage everyone to take a walk to promote an important cause. It’s a fun, healthy way to make a difference, and we hope to see you in 2016. In the meantime, here are a few tips for a successful walkathon.

Condition yourself. Walking is a low-impact exercise, but if you’re not used to walking 3 to 5 miles (the length of the Kidney Walk), it’s a good idea to work up to this distance gradually. And always consult a doctor before starting a rigorous exercise regimen.

Build a team. It’s more fun to walk together! Organize a group of friends and family who share your commitment to a good cause. You can even give yourself a catchy name and make matching t-shirts.

Bring plenty of water. Hydrating yourself is an important part of staying healthy during a long walk. Not drinking enough water during exercise can lead to fatigue, muscle strain, and other health risks.

Fuel your body. Eating a proper breakfast or lunch is essential to a successful walkathon. Plan a balanced meal of lean protein, healthy carbs, and fruits/veggies. It sounds obvious, but many walkathoners don’t adhere to this rule and end up running out of energy early.

Remember, it’s not a race. Leave your competitive side at home and set a pace that you can stick to. A walkathon is about raising awareness and supporting your community, so everyone wins.