Having lupus I have always struggled with wanting to exercise and not feeling up to it. Lately I’ve been lazy with my daily exercising routine and my body is reacting negatively. I’m more tired and I am more achy. My mental health struggles while my physical health isn’t as well as I’ve been when exercising regularly.
Following a consistent fitness routine is an essential part of maintaining any person’s health, but it’s particularly important for you in your journey with lupus. Exercise can strengthen parts of your body that may be affected by the disease, such as your heart, lungs, bones, and joints. It can help reduce inflammation, control weight gain caused by certain medications, and reduce fatigue.
Good nutrition and physical activity are important parts of leading a healthy lifestyle. A balanced diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases, and promote your overall health.
Regular physical activity helps keep your brain healthy, helps you manage your weight, reduces disease, strengthens bones and muscles, and more. Getting at 30 minutes of exercise for 5 days a week can really boost your system.
Drink lots of water.
Adults and children need to consume water everyday as it benefits overall health. With zero calories, it lubricates joints, helps get rid of waste, protects thhe spinal cord, and prevents dehydration.
Eat nutrient rich foods.
A healthy diet not only helps you manage your weight, but also builds and strengthens your body. Focus on adding fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
Rest and Refresh.
Getting enough sleep and recharging your mind is also a good way to stay healthy. Meditation, breathing techniques, and a soothing sleep environment can add balance to your mental well-being and restore your body for another day.
Exercise can also help your mental health by elevating your mood and self-esteem, making it easier to cope with life stressors and we know lupus brings many.
Regardless of the benefits, attempting exercise or activity into your everyday life is a challenge at first, especially while attempting lupus symptoms. Create a routine you can look forward to and be flexible with your varying energy levels. Try using the below chart to measure what you should do, and when you should rest.
It’s not what we do once in awhile that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.
For the days you have more energy, walking, swimming, and using an elliptical exercise machine are all great options. For the days you struggle with fatigue and pain, low-impact aerobics, yoga, Pilates, and stretching can keep you active while not overexerting your body.
As always, these are my thoughts and not a medical professionals. If you are interested I would suggest a talk with your doctor about creating a safe, manageable, and sustainable fitness routine that addresses your needs.
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Rosadela Durruthy is founder of She’s Got Lupus, a non profit organization aimed to improve the lives of those living with chronic illnesses by advocating for mental health, healthy living and raising awareness.