8 Tips for Exercising When You Have Scleroderma

Do a screening before you start exercising. This is usually done so that those with medical issues which might endanger them during exercise can be identified. Doctors can establish if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Don’t try to do everything at once. Start slowly and steadily, increasing intensity as you gain strength. This way, you’ll avoid serious complications or even just a few “off” days.

Balance your sessions. If any of your joints are painful or uncomfortable a few hours post-workout, make sure your next exercise session is a gentle one.

Slow down when necessary. Enthusiasm is very good (and hard to come by most days) but if you feel out of breath or in more pain than you’re used to, slow down.

Warm up and cool down. This is important, especially if you have scleroderma. Do it slowly and thoroughly so you can reduce your risk of any fitness-related complications.

Know what you’re doing. Don’t do exercises without paying attention to your technique and try to move as smoothly as possible. If you don’t know how to do any part of your workout routine, consult a specialist to prevent injuries.

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