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4 Exercises for people with Lupus

Lupus is a disease commonly known as “the great imitator,” a chronic autoimmune disorder that can affect anyone regardless of the sex; although research shows that women are more prone to developing lupus. It can affect any organ of the body and the skin. Sometimes, the symptoms of lupus are very vague; one reason why diagnosis is hard to diagnose. Because of this, many people don’t treatment is delayed; so, their path to recovery is often more lengthy. Some common symptoms of lupus are skin ashes, skin irritations, mood swings, chronic fatigue, headaches and body pains and aches.

You might not want to go outside, breathe fresh air, stretch and do some light exercises. Even when there is some discomfort,‘stirring your stumps’ is a good  thing to do for your health. When you have a flare, you may not have a lack the desire to exercise; but if you do exercise regularly, you can get rid yourself of the stiffness and depression that you might feel after a flare; improving your sense of well-being and improving your mood. Here are a few exercises that you can do to help yourself get rid of a few effects caused by lupus or another autoimmune diseases.


Range of motion is the extent to which a joint can move. The benefits of moving your joints through their full range every morning can’t be stressed enough. Having flexible joints is essential, so try incorporating range of motion exercises regularly. 

Stretching Exercise

Stretching exercises help flexibility and makes sure that the muscles and joints are ready to be used. Start with gentle stretches all over the body. I start from my head and move to the neck and move in the direction of my toes, all the while giving a very gentle stretch to every muscle.

Endurance Exercises

Endurance exercises are also known as aerobic exercises and they might involve slow to brisk walking, jogging, running, stair climbing and dancing. They target large muscle groups and they also help with depression by releasing endorphins (the body’s ‘feel good’ chemical) into your bloodstream. They also help to improve your cardiovascular system helping to decreasing progression of disease. They reduce the blood cholesterol, increase HDL, and also helps to improve your sugar levels.

Our amazing stair stepper guide might help you out on this.

Strengthening Exercises

When you have pain in your joints, just thinking about moving, hurts; but if you don’t move them, the muscles surrounding the joints become weak and atrophy. Atrophy results in more disability, dysfunction, joint pain, and sometimes increased dependence on others to do what you’re unable to do because of weak muscles. Strengthening exercises should be a part of your everyday routine.

Lupus patients are at a higher risk for developing osteoporosis due to the use of steroids medications. Patients with lupus are at a much greater risk of developing brittle bones which often result in painful bone fractures. One way to prevent this is by doing daily strengthening exercises such as light weightlifting, squat, leg press with light weights and wall squats.


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