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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:

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 almost 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 almost 2 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

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

posted almost 2 years ago
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 3 months ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

I tried to be positive and tried my routine once as well. I couldn't walk for a week. So I wanted to do something. Well I signed up a swimming class with underwater exercises. I loved it. I felt better. The water made things so much easier. Try that. Then when you are feeling better do a low tolerance yoga class. Don't push yourself go at your speed. You will get to where harder yoga will be your target. Wish you luck. It's the craps to give up something you love. I used to cross country skiing, bicycling, soft ball. Had to give up my softball after 35yrs. I was devastated. Good luck. Jean

posted about 1 year ago
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