Dancing with dialysis

Seated Zumba improving fitness of people with kidney disease.

Vicki, Soula and Dionysis doing Zumba on dialysis
Vicki, Soula and Dionysis doing Zumba on dialysis

A community-based collaboration involving researchers from Deakin University Southern Health Nursing Research Centre is helping to improve the physical fitness of people in Melbourne with kidney disease.

The Centre has teamed up with the Moorabbin Dialysis Centre and Angela Limanis, a certified ZUMBA GOLD? instructor.

Zumba is the world’s largest dance fitness program.

The Moorabbin Dialysis Centre is the first dialysis unit to incorporate the modified Seated Zumba into its dialysis program. 

Confirmed and accredited by Zumba, Seated Zumba is a modified ZUMBA GOLD? program that has been developed so that dialysis patients can participate during their four to five hour treatment.

ZUMBA GOLD? is a popular Zumba program designed for people with physical limitations and inactive older participants. 

This specifically designed form of Zumba adapts the Latin and international dance rhythms created in the original Zumba program for older adults, beginner participants and other special users. 

Exercise has been shown to improve physical function, quality of life, muscle condition and dialysis efficacy in patients with kidney disease, as well as decreasing depression, cardiovascular risk and a range of other negative outcomes of kidney disease and dialysis. 

Although the benefits of exercise for people receiving dialysis are clear, worldwide practices typically don’t incorporate exercise programs.

Associate Professor Paul Bennett’s team was keen to explore whether ZUMBA GOLD? could be adapted for dialysis patients. 

“The team undertook a feasibility study on whether ZUMBA Gold? was possible during dialysis, receiving feedback from people who took part in a short intradialytic modified ZUMBA GOLD? program,” he said.

 “The ZUMBA GOLD in dialysis study is part of a larger commitment to improve the physical function of people with kidney disease.”

Associate Professor Bennett’s previous work has included international the patenting of a dialysis resistance exercise machine.

Results of the current study will be published in the Journal of Renal Care.

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