Sweating on Sunday: HIIT in the Pool

Updated July 2021 This is an older post from 2019, but the info is still good. Welcome back!  I am so happy to see you here.  I had my labs done for my kidney appt on Tuesday, last week.  I am still waiting for the results to be posted to my account.  I like to view them, and compare them to the previous ones, before seeing the doctor.  The reason I am sharing that on a Sweating on Sunday post is because, I have increased my intensity, and length of exercising.  Exercising with a chronic disease, like CKD, is a tricky balancing act.  On my labs drawn in January, the only abnormal value I had was a very slightly elevated Creatinine level.  Even though it was just a couple tenths of a point high, it still left me at stage 3.  Now, I have said previously that I may not be able to get back to stage 2, though it remains my goal, but I certainly don’t want it to get worse especially from too intense of exercise.  I will share my results when I get them.  I tweak my food, liquid, and exercise routine all according to my lab values.  The number on the scale is way in the back of my mind. You may see affiliate links in this post.

So, what is HIIT?  HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training.  This is not for beginners, especially if you have a chronic illness or are brand new to exercising.  With HIIT you get a period of time where you are working out more intense, and then you get a short break, like 30 seconds, before going back to high intensity.  Even though I have started doing HIIT, I still have to be mindful to keep my heart rate in the moderate intensity range.  As I get more fit, getting into a good calorie burning range becomes more difficult, so I have to alter my workouts.  I never try to get into the Peak heart rate range, as studies show for CKD this may do damage the kidneys.  I like pool exercises because it is so much easier on the joints, and since I loathe lunges, which are really good to do, doing them in the pool makes it less painful to my knees.  But, because I can’t watch the video very well in the pool, it wasn’t very effective.  Then I found this webpage, that walks you through a HIIT pool workout.  I simply have to memorize the circuits, and then do them.  Easy peasy!  LOL, I can’t really say that, because I actually have not tried it yet.  It has rained almost all day for the past 5 days, so I haven’t even been in the pool, and I have to vacuum it first.  So, hopefully I can actually tell you how this went next Sunday.  Have a blessed week, and share your thoughts on this topic.  Use the contact form below to message me with inquiries about any of my Health and Wellness Programs. It is now 2021 and my life has been kind of crazy, so I have not gotten as much done here with updating posts and plans, but I hope it will be calming down by the end of July. I always can make availability for new customers, however, looking to meet their Health and Wellness Goals. I still do these HIIT workouts to this day in my pool and I love them!

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My name is Melissa. I am a certified Health Coach, Holistic Coach, Kidney Coach, LPN, can coach in Herbalism, Aromatherapy, Guided Imagery, am level 2 Reiki certified, and I want to be your Health and Wellness Coach. I am continually learning and taking classes to expand my knowledge base.

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