|My dog, missing out on her walk.|
There are signs of hope. A couple of times, I've managed my morning walk with my dog. That's the basis of the exercise program I was working on with the exercise physiologist before this flare started.
The whole program was the ten minute walk every morning, tai chi on two days per week, hydrotherapy once per week, and some strength exercises with an exercise band on the same days as the extra exercise.
Using the morning walk as a basis for the exercise program is a great idea, because I have someone to go with who really misses it when I can't go. She's my incentive when I just don't feel like a walk. I have to be really sick to disappoint her.
|My dog, after a walk.|
Eventually, I will be able have a walk every morning again, then I can start to introduce the rest of my exercise program - slowly, one part at a time, just the same way I did it last time around.
One of the ongoing frustrations of life with lupus is having to establish the "normal" routine over again each time a flare passes.