Lupus and Gentle Exercise

Exercise - The Hibbs Lupus Trust

Living with lupus can be a challenging and often unpredictable experience. As an autoimmune disease, lupus can cause a wide range of symptoms, including joint pain, fatigue, and inflammation. While there is currently no cure for lupus, there are ways to manage symptoms and improve overall health and wellbeing. One such way is through gentle exercise.

It’s understandable that the idea of exercise might seem daunting or even impossible for someone living with lupus. However, engaging in regular, gentle exercise can have numerous benefits for both physical and mental health. Here are just a few of the ways that exercise can help those living with lupus:

  1. Reducing inflammation
    Inflammation is a key symptom of lupus, and it can cause pain and discomfort in the joints and muscles. Gentle exercise can help to reduce inflammation by increasing blood flow to affected areas and promoting the release of anti-inflammatory cytokines.
  2. Improving joint mobility
    Joint pain and stiffness are common in lupus patients, but gentle exercise can help to improve joint mobility and reduce stiffness. Low-impact exercises such as yoga, swimming, and walking are all great options.
  3. Boosting energy levels
    Fatigue is a common symptom of lupus, but exercise can help to boost energy levels and combat feelings of tiredness. Even a short walk or gentle yoga session can help to increase circulation and improve overall energy levels.
  4. Reducing stress and anxiety
    Living with a chronic illness like lupus can be stressful and anxiety-inducing. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and promote feelings of calm and relaxation. Practices like yoga and tai chi can be particularly helpful for reducing stress and anxiety.
  5. Improving overall health
    Engaging in regular exercise can have numerous other health benefits, such as improving heart health, boosting immunity, and reducing the risk of other chronic diseases. By improving overall health and wellbeing, exercise can help those living with lupus to better manage their symptoms and feel more in control of their health.

Of course, it’s important to note that everyone’s experience with lupus is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s important to listen to your body and consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise program. However, for many lupus patients, gentle exercise can be an effective way to manage symptoms and improve overall health and wellbeing.

Exercise - The Hibbs Lupus Trust

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