5 Tips for Exercising with Lupus
May 14, 2013 (updated Apr 22, 2014)
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Do low-impact aerobics
Walking, swimming, biking, using the elliptical machine, and other low-impact aerobics can keep you in shape, strengthen your bones and muscles and prevent osteoporosis. Other exercises like yoga, Pilates and stretching can also help without aggravating joints.
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Vary your exercise
Using different muscle groups on different days can help your full body get a regular workout without overdoing it on one particular day.
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Avoid activities hard on joints
Things like running, kickboxing, weightlifting and other high-impact aerobics can inflame joints and muscles. Avoid or limit these activities, as they can be too demanding on your body.
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Fatigue can be a problem for people with lupus, so it’s important to pace yourself during exercise. It’s okay to take breaks, but don’t give up altogether. Exercise keeps your muscles strong.
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Remember why exercise helps
Regular exercise, no matter what kind, can reduce stress, keep your heart healthy, improve muscle strength and stiffness, prevent osteoporosis and increase your range of motion. It’s especially important for women with lupus to keep their hearts healthy, as they are at an increased risk for heart disease.
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