Workouts and Lupus

My experience with trying to workout could be difficult at times. How? Because having an autoimmune disease you do not know how your body will feel or react at any time. See, we have something called lupus arthritis, which according to The Lupus Foundation of America, "causes pain, stiffness, swelling, tenderness, and warmth in your joints. The joints most often affected are the ones farthest from the middle of the body, such as fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and toes."1

Inflammation is the most common reason for pain and aches. Sometimes we can be diagnosed with something called lupus myositis, which means, "inflammation of the skeletal muscles that causes weakness and loss of strength. It affects muscles in your neck, pelvis, thighs, shoulders, and upper arms," according to The Lupus Foundation of America.1 This will cause you to have difficulty doing daily activities. Some of these symptoms are treated with exercise. I use to have so many questions like:

  • Will workouts make my lupus worse?
  • Can I work out if I have lupus?
  • What are the best workouts to do when dealing with lupus?

How exercise helps me

Well from experience when I workout it improves my ability to function throughout the day without anyone’s help. Exercise helps reduce fatigue from life in general. When working out I do not go automatically into a workout I usually stretch first before working out. Why? To stretch my muscles out and to not be in pain I am done working out. Cardio and yoga always work best for my body because its just the right limits I need to push my body forward. When I am done working out I usually take a nap after and rest my body. I feel that it gives my body time to come out of workout mode and go back into being normal after a long routine workout.

Yes, exercise is possible with lupus

Exercise will not make your lupus worse, it helps relieve the tightness in your joints and you will feel great after a workout. It will be difficult to get on track but it's possible and worth it.

YES, YES, YES, you can work out if you have lupus. Strive for the best you can be while you can. When I started to work out, I would pace myself to make sure that I will not overdo it because when you do that’s when you actually cause problems to happen. If your body tells you enough is enough then stop because you are overdoing yourself and could possibly end up hurting yourself.

Start working out slowly

When working out its best to start slow then gradually work your way up into being able to do a full-strength good workout. Dealing with lupus you learn to allow your body to speak to you and tell you all the things that are going wrong with the inside of your body. Remember lupus is an autoimmune disease that makes the body attack itself. So when you overdo it your body can cause a negative reaction. Just remember that’s just your body saying its tired.

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