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dgallardo1221
09-01-2009, 10:22 PM
hi everyone,

I was just wondering about swimming at lupus. Monday I started a swimming class at my local community collage. mainly so I could get some form of exercise done since other forms of exercise makes me feel bad.But this class seems a bit demanding. We are required to swim 500 yards consistently. that seems a bit overwhelming.

my question to anyone is : are there any restrictions when dealing with lupus? or any tips so I wont get a flare up? I Like to swim and I love the fact that the pool is in doors so the sun is not a factor but I don't want to over excert myself.

I do a lot of walking when I' m at school. for the past two days Ive been having some serious back , neck and hip pain so the last thing I want is added pain through pool exercise...

any other thoughts or suggestions?

thanks

Dee

rob
09-01-2009, 11:15 PM
Hello dgallardo,

I have to ask, are you mistaken in the distance that you have to swim? 500 yards is a long way to swim, even for an entry level Navy Seal candidate. Is it possible that they actually mean 50 yards, or 50 meters?

Rob

Danica01
09-01-2009, 11:36 PM
Swimming, in moderation, on a daily basis is very good for Lupus patients. It is very easy for us to abandon our bodies because they just hurt so bad and exercising is not worth the pain afterwards. However, swimming allows you to get great exercise and it takes off some of the strain you may get from working in a gym. My doctor has actually prescribed my water therapy with a specialist. The pool is always good for me and really does help with my mobility. Just don't over do it and get lots of rest before and afterwards. Keep me posted on what you decide and it couldn't hurt to try!!!!!!

dgallardo1221
09-01-2009, 11:41 PM
in answer to your question, it is definitely 500 yrds. our goal is to do several laps back and forth to get to our 500 yrd goal. it is required for class....

dgallardo1221
09-01-2009, 11:45 PM
that makes me feel a little better...I really do agree with the abandoned body statement. My body hurts every single day of my life now that I don't even want to think about exercise....

thanks u

Grime
09-02-2009, 06:58 AM
Swimming is great exercise. Wish I could find a indoor pool. Sure I've got the bay to swim in but don't want to swim at night. SHARK ATTACK :shocked:
Build up to the 500 yards slow and easy and you'll make it.

rob
09-02-2009, 10:26 AM
in answer to your question, it is definitely 500 yrds. our goal is to do several laps back and forth to get to our 500 yrd goal. it is required for class....

Wow, that would be a challenge for me. I swim when I can. Like David, I have the ocean, but the Gulf of Maine is ice cold and full of sharks, so I swim at a lake that's not too far from me. In the winter I use an indoor pool facility in town. I can swim about 200 yards before I run out of gas. Swimming is one form of exercise that is really easy on my joints, and is a great form of exercise for people with Lupus. Just remember your waterproof sunblock if it's outdoors.

Rob

pandagirl
09-02-2009, 03:47 PM
I am supposed to swim in my pool for exercise..I thought I was just a flotation device..j/k:laugh:, that is quite a distance and sounds like it will take some time to build up to. Overdoing it will can be troublesome. Take it in moderation.

mountaindreamer
09-02-2009, 04:03 PM
i would be concerned about just jumping (excuse the pun) into a regimented swimming class. this just may be too much for you...it may take you longer to build up to that level. I have tried arthritis water classes, and i can not complete the hour long course, or i go into a flare and spend the rest of the day in bed.

Just listen very closely to your body, and do what it tells you.

Good luck, sounds like a wonderful challenge.

Angel Oliver
09-03-2009, 05:47 AM
I agree with Phyllis,

just do what your body allows you to do.If you feel exhausted or pain,slow down or just stop.Do it gradually,but try and enjoy it as well.
I loved swimming,but when i last went swimming my neck hurt so bad i ended up seeing a chiropractor to click my neck back into place as it stuck to one side,so for me it scared me so ive not been since.I used to go every day.Now i think id drop to the bottom and stay there:) Mayabe actually i may speak to the swimming guys there to see if they can help me swim so my neck doesnt hurt.Maybe i was holding my head up above the water too much.You just enjoy it,swimming is a fab excercise to do.

love Amanda.xxxxx

rob
09-03-2009, 06:05 AM
i would be concerned about just jumping (excuse the pun) into a regimented swimming class. this just may be too much for you...it may take you longer to build up to that level. I have tried arthritis water classes, and i can not complete the hour long course, or i go into a flare and spend the rest of the day in bed.

Just listen very closely to your body, and do what it tells you.

Good luck, sounds like a wonderful challenge.

Yes, very good advice.

Danica01
09-04-2009, 11:54 PM
I am just checking on you to see how you are doing. Have you started swimming yet?????? I think the advice to listen to your body is key and do not overdo it or you could feel worse than when you started. Take it easy and rest after you finish. Keep up the great work and keep us updated on how you are and what is working for you and your body :veryhappy:

dgallardo1221
09-05-2009, 01:52 AM
Hi Danica01,

thanks for checking up on me:cute:.

I started the class this past Monday but I wasn't in the pool till Wednesday.
It wasn't too bad at first. We did body stretches for a half hr before getting in the pool. As far as swimming goes, it was a little tiring. I would swim through a little more then half way, then walk the rest of the way because I got tired. Over all my first day wasn't too bad. Stretching seemed to help but the next day my hips and legs were hurting a little bit more then they had been in the last week. Guess that's what I just need to get used to...

I will keep you updated on my progress...

thanks again:laugh:

Danica01
09-05-2009, 11:04 PM
That is great! I am so happy they had you stretch before you started. More pain is actually a little normal right now. Whenever I walk on the treadmill my little legs will be so much more sore the next day. It does get better so make sure you hang in there but also don't over do it. I can not wait until a month from now and we can really see how you have progressed through the swimming :veryhappy:

lucky7
09-10-2009, 03:49 PM
THUMBS UP to exercise on a regular basis even WITH lupus!!:yes: As a matter of fact its RECOMMENDED to do with this disease as well as ManY OTHERS. It keeps you fit,it keeps your joints moving and lubricated (lessens stiffness) keeps weight down(with a good diet as well) and it releases those indorphins!!! HMMMM,is that spelled right? Just LISTEN to your body and its limits, dont over do it!!!! Water exercises are GREAT!!! GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!:banana:

mountaindreamer
09-10-2009, 05:11 PM
congrats on your successful first day of swim class. So glad you are stretching first, and walking whenever your body tells you to....good job,

please keep us posted....

Oluwa
09-10-2009, 05:31 PM
Can you use any stroke to swim those yards...?

If so, the back stroke is kinder to our aching body...Saysusie told me little circles...and wow, what a difference it made for me...

I have my arms straight out like a cross....and make circles that way..not rotate the whole arm up and over. Times I keep my legs straight, up and down alternating..or I kick with knees bending...

This doesn't pull on the neck...easy on the hips, shoulder and ankles for me...

And I use the short fins too..also a Saysusie recommendations...her and I are like fish...

Keep looking for your wellness,
Love,
Oluwa

dgallardo1221
09-11-2009, 07:02 PM
this past Wednesday I did my 25 lap swim (500 yrds). I wanted to give up so bad but I made it. I felt proud of myself. The next day though was the worst. My leg and hip pain went from bad to worse and I almost didn't want to get out of bed . I wanted to cry. Why does this disease take way so much? I just don't understand it. slowly I'm learning but it hurts my heart to know that I can't do nor enjoy the things I used to...

thanks got all of your support guys

hugs and kisses

Dee

lucky7
09-14-2009, 03:35 PM
AWWWWW, Dee, sorry for your OOKINESS you feel. Its all an adjustment that you WILL get used to:yes: Its time to find NEW hobbies that arent as draining on you thats all. Its kind of FUN really to explore NEw things you thought you never would even consider before. Just do some OLD hobbies in NEW MODERATION, dont think you HAVE to give them up completely sweetie.:cute: GENTLE HUGSXXXXXXXXXXXX