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R Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR posted:
One of the most important strategies in managing Lupus is exercise. Leading a sedentary life can lead to wasting away, muscle weakness and osteoporosis. Those who do exercise regularly have stronger muscles and flexibility and a better sense of well being, as well as being able to deal with daily stress and environmental triggers. In addition, getting your heart racing is good because it gets the blood to flow through all your tissues.

A 2003 study showed that people who exercised regularly did much better than the group that was just given regular care.

Good ways to start are yoga, pilates, any type of isometric or stretching exercises which don't put too much stress on any one joint. You could then graduate to walking 15 to 20 minutes a day. I would never recommend exercising to the point of pain, but rather a gradual, consistent and regular regimen will reap the most benefits.

Do not exercise inflamed joints as this can exacerbate the disease. For example, sports such as weight training, golf, tennis, anything that puts pressure on an inflamed joint should be avoided.

If you can develop a consistent exercise regimen that you stick to, you will see an improvement.
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