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Living Fit With lupus

by | Feb 28, 2024

Pursuing Fitness As a Lupus Patient

Living with lupus poses unique challenges, especially when it comes to maintaining physical activity. The pain and fatigue associated with this autoimmune disease can make exercise seem like an uphill battle. However, incorporating safe and mindful physical activity into your routine can significantly contribute to overall well-being for individuals with lupus.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect various organs and systems within the body. Pain, fatigue, joint stiffness, and muscle weakness are common symptoms that often deter individuals from engaging in physical activity. It’s crucial to acknowledge these challenges and tailor an exercise routine that caters to the specific needs and limitations of those with lupus.


Here are some key considerations to living fit with lupus:

  • Before beginning any physical activity, it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider.
  • Working with a physical therapist or certified fitness professional experienced in autoimmune conditions can provide personalized guidance.
  • Low-impact exercises (such as walking, swimming, and cycling) are gentle on the joints and muscles making them ideal for individuals with lupus. 
  • Patience and gradually progressing intensity and duration of exercise is key.
  • Engaging in activities that promote flexibility and strength can be particularly beneficial. 
  • Incorporating adaptive exercise strategies is key to tailoring physical activity to individual needs. Adaptive strategies may involve modifying traditional exercises to accommodate limitations.
  • Mind-body practices such as meditation and deep breathing exercises contribute significantly to holistic well-being and manage stress – a common trigger for lupus flares.
  • Having a reliable support system can make a significant difference. Share your fitness journey with friends, family, or members of lupus support groups.
  • Because lupus symptoms and energy levels change, it’s important to regularly monitor and adjust your exercise routine.
  • Remember, your well-being is a journey, and each step towards physical activity is a step towards safely nurturing your overall wellness.
  • Celebrate small victories along your fitness journey!


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