That is my experience. Right now, I can walk about
1.5 miles, maybe 2 if I walk slowly and I'll be just a bit sore the next day. But I have been building up to that very gradually. I could actually walk about
4 miles, but that would definitely throw me into flare mode. about
two years ago, I had been in my worst flare and I just could not get past the fatigue. I got on the treadmill and started with 1/4 of a mile. After a couple days of that, I upped it to 1/3 of a mile and that was either too much or too often. After several attempts (and failures) like that and no gain in strength, I talked to my rheumy about
it and he said that we need to add teeny bits at a time and only after tolerating that 1/4 mile for a full week, too not jump up to 1/3. He gave me a percentage and I just can't remember what it was . . . it was minuscule. Anyway, he said that the activity "turns on" the immune system . . . which, in a healthy person, is good . . . but in a Lupan the activated immune system is likely to turn on our own healthy tissue (flare). Same with the sun, it just activates the immune system (good for most, bad for us).
He said it is GOOD to work toward this very gradual increase, but to really pay attention to our body each day.
I hope this helps.
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