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Exercise

Exercise

I recently started going to the gym again and started with a lot of cardio for the past 5 days now. I have been noticing a lot of my lupus symptoms kicking in for the past couple of days. Tonight i have the butterfly rash and my knees are swollen. Could i be having a flare up from doing to much at the gym too fast? If so how many days a week should I be going so i don’t have a flare up like this?

A MyLupusTeam Member said:

Our muscles and bones do not react to extensive exercise like people without Lupus. From age 20 to 35 I lifted weights and played tennis and switched to racketball because of my severe sun allergy. extensively. Unfortunately, when your muscles are stressed by extensive exercise that bad boy, Lupus kicks into overdrive to take advantage of you by attacking your muscle tissue and letting all the Lupus symptoms out to have a rave party in your body! I loved sports and the pleasure of watching my body get stronger. Then around the age of 35 I started getting very bad flares after heavy exercise… skin rashes, horribly sore aching muscles and bones, so tired I didn’t want to move.

Please, start moderating your activities. There’s a Lupus saying,”Play a day and for 3.” Paydays, Lupus flares that actually last a lot longer than 3 days are awful to experience after you’ve had a really great day. So, please go slow and learn the limits so you don’t suffer. Blessings.

posted 9 months ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

I had the same experience when i started going back. Is start every other day, and pay attention to your intensity/how high your heart rate gets. For me, i could walk or bike without a problem, but jumping onto the elliptical or stair stepper and pushing to hard left me feeling like i had the flu the next day. After a few months, I've been able to bump it up to five/six days a week.

posted over 2 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

I would cut back to maybe 3 times per week and put a rest day in between your gym days. Rest is just as important as exercise, but try to have some balance between the two. Feel better!

posted over 2 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

Yes, just cut back some. Praying for you. Sleep well tonight!

posted over 2 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

I have been diagnosed for 18 years. While I do continue to workout and stay active I have had to redefine my workouts and goals. No longer can I compete or train for ironman , anything above 10k run and bike only under 25 mi and swim around 4k. Prior to covid I did yoga 2x / week and it's 2-3x / week. I fully believe and feel the difference to my mental health and body. Working out moderate reduces my pain and increase my positive outlook. I do believe it also causes flares when I get carried away. Like others said think baby steps and moderation but don't stop.

posted 9 months ago
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