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    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

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    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?

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    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!!!!!!
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    Default hi there rob

    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....

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    Default thank you Danica01

    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

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    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
    Build up to the 500 yards slow and easy and you'll make it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dgallardo1221 View Post
    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.

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    I am supposed to swim in my pool for exercise..I thought I was just a flotation device..j/k, 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.
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    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.
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    Default hi

    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
    I am still here,just been on new meds so unable to function like i used to.I will pop back,just know im thinking of you all and hoping you are keeping on keeping on.xxxxxxx

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