Exercise helps keep joints flexible and may prevent heart disease and strokes. Exercises that are good for lupus patients include water aerobics, yoga, walking and swimming.
This ancient exercise form helps the body attain deep relaxation. Restorative, lyenar and chair yoga are a recommended aid for all form of arthritis. Some forms of yoga should not to be done without instruction or supervision.
Find UW health yoga resources
You can use the Arthritis Foundation resource to locate a yoga facility near you.
Choose a yoga DVD that includes modified poses and step-by-step instructions.
Water walking is good exercise for people with joint pain and damage. The water's buoyancy supports the body's weight, which reduces stress on the joints and minimizes pain. In fact, water provides 12 times the resistance of air, so the walking strengthens and builds muscle. Ideally done in heated pools – typically 82 to 88 degrees – which can help soothe pain. Cooler temps might not feel as good, but you'll still reap the benefits.
Track your steps and try to walk non-stop for 20-30 minutes.
Tracking your activity levels and setting goals for each week can help you develop endurance.
Strengthen muscles to support your knees: Do a ball squeeze between knees, 5 second squeezes, for 60 total seconds or do seated straight leg raises for 30 seconds on each leg.
Strengthen hip and thigh muscles: Marching in place for 30 to 60 seconds or walking forward and backward, 10 steps each way.
Strengthen and improve your upper body range of motion: Do arm circles backward for 30 seconds. Work arms and back by moving your arms on a table top as if you're doing the breast stroke. Continue for 60 seconds. Do wrist circles, wrist bends (up and down), and open and closed fingers for 10 seconds each.