Exercise is good for everyone, and even more so if you suffer from lupus. The type of exercise you can do and how far you can push yourself will depend on the severity of your condition and how you’re feeling at the time. Always consult your healthcare providers before engaging in any new form of exercise.
Here are a few important facts about exercising with lupus that you should be aware of according to the Lupus Foundation of America:
1. Low-impact exercise can prevent osteoporosis
Any low-impact exercise such as yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, swimming, walking or cycling will help to improve muscle tone and keep you fit without damaging joints.
2. Variety is key
When it comes to exercising with lupus, it’s important to try different types of exercises so that different muscle groups are worked.
3. Exercise lowers stress levels
We all know that stress can worsen lupus symptoms and lead to flares, so keeping your stress levels as low as possible is critical. Gentle exercise has been proven to reduce stress, so next time you’re feeling a bit on edge, go for a walk or join a yoga class.
4. Your body needs rest as well as exercise
If you’re suffering from swollen joints or severe pain, then don’t push yourself to exercise, listen to your body. Limit high-impact exercises such as running, dance classes and weight-lifting to allow your body to fully recover.
5. Stretching exercises can help with muscle pain
Gentle yoga or Tai Chi are excellent exercises that can actively help with muscle and joint pain. Meditation, breathing exercises and other relaxation techniques can also help you overcome certain lupus symptoms.
Aching joints can be relieved by soaking in a warm bath, taking warm showers or using damp warm towels on the affected joints. Cold compresses or ice should only be used for actual injuries to joint or muscles.
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