The rule of thumb that seems to work best for me, not only with exercise but with a lot of other things (stressful situations, etc) is to do about
2/3 of what you think you can do. Then if it sets off any soreness, pain, headache or malaise, try again after the soreness is gone, but at about
10% less than what made you sore. If it doesn't make you sore, do the same level about
a week, then increase by 10% for the next week. (Every other day.)
I know 10% doesn't sound like much when you start slow & can't get to the mailbox without a day or two of rest, but slow and steady really is the key to lupus.
Also get plenty of deep restorative strength and eat plenty of protein & vegetables!
I was also a marathoner & haven't been able to consistently run since Lupus arrived, but was able to do a 5K last year. For me, the weight (40 lbs) from prednisone has been a huge detriment to running!
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