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31 March 2012 @ 02:53 pm
Lupus & exercise  
Hello, all! Just a quick question about exercise.
I have been gradually trying to incorperate exercise into my daily routine, but I sometimes experience swelling & inflammation in my joints afterwards or if I've pushed myself too hard.
Do you guys have any tips/tricks to reduce post-workout joint inflammation? Sidenote: I'm vegan & tend to avoid most medicines.
Thanks! Hope you're all having good days!
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$$$oh_hello on March 31st, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
What type of exercise are you doing? I was recently diagnosed with lupus myself and have found swimming to be the only exercise I can tolerate.
Oui: MISC: jump for joygrapesheezy on March 31st, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Well, when I'm able to get to a gym, I go on the bikes or ellipticals. Lately I've been doing a bit of a higher-intensity workout dvd. Beach Body Power 90. My Reynaud's is so bad that I really can't go in any pools & the only pool by me isn't heated enough for me. D:
Savaaha d'Lorenstripedpony on March 31st, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
I do my exercise in the pool since my lupus is pretty hard on my body. I tried going to the gym but it was just too hard on me and I was having trouble walking afterwards. I applaud your veganism, I'm lacto-vegetarian myself. I have been doing more vegan meals but I do like milk too much to be vegan.
Oui: ACO: milokograpesheezy on March 31st, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
Ah, yeah pools are usually too cold for me (at least the ones I currently have access to are). :/ I'm worried about my bone density lately, so it's difficult because I want high-impact stuff, but I'm scared that it might do the inflammation thing.
Oh congrats! Every veg*n helps the cause! haha :P I know what you mean. I had to try several times to quit cheese. XD It was just too good.
Savaaha d'Lorenstripedpony on March 31st, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Maybe buy a wetsuit? I have 3 I use for different times of the year, a light lycra one, a 1mm and a 3mm depending on temp and water temp. Plus they make you more buoyant so its easier to swim laps.
Im lucky in that my apartment complex also lets me scuba in the pool so even on the really hot scorcher days I can swim laps UNDER the water.
Oui: BIRD: lime greengrapesheezy on April 1st, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
I didn't know they came in different thicknesses. :P My boyfriend & I often joke that I need a wetsuit, but maybe I'll actually look into it now! Thanks.
Oh wow. That sounds great XD
Savaaha d'Lorenstripedpony on April 1st, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, everything from the thin Lycra all the way up to 7millimeter for really cold water. I usually use a 1mill in the pool but then Im also a chunkybutt so have a lot of insulation on my own, LOL.
Just find a thickness and a size that is comfortable for you.You can look for sporting goods stores or even if there is a diveshop near by.
Oui: BIRD: tucangrapesheezy on April 2nd, 2012 12:24 pm (UTC)
Great! Thanks for the help ^_^
you can call me al.yummykit on March 31st, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
my doc says walking is one of the best weight-bearing exercises you can do, if you're worried about bone density. yoga counts too and lifting very small weights can be helpful for this as well (say..2-3 lbs).
Oui: MISC: jump for joygrapesheezy on April 1st, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
Perfect! I've been using 3lb weights & I love walking. Maybe I don't need to be so worried afterall...
accio brain!: guinea pig gifxxdevixx on March 31st, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
My mom's doctor also told her to add weights. She's light framed so even though she exercises a lot, her body just doesn't enough pressure to help with bone density. She has ankle and wrist weights she wears now.
Oui: BIRD: yellowgrapesheezy on April 1st, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
Also a good idea! I used to use my mom's ankle weights, but I've never tried wrist weights. Thanks! :]
Oui: MISC: squee!grapesheezy on April 1st, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Also, I love your icon. Guineapigs!!! XD
syngen: good timessyngen on April 2nd, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
I bit the bullet and bought an elliptical. My knees seem to be the focus of most of my joint pain, so low to no impact exercise is what I'm sticking with for now.
(Anonymous) on April 3rd, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
I have the same issue with my knees and also my left hip, so I've been doing a lot of low-impact stuff, as well. Yoga and walking have been most important to me, because those are both gentle exercises that allow me to go at my own pace depending on the demands of my lupus and fibromyalgia and Yoga really helps with the pain and stiffness in my left hip. As others have said, some light weights help, too, especially if you're on prednisone and trying to combat the muscle wasting that drug can cause.