As your bones begin to thaw after a season of deep freeze, why not try some weight training? Don’t be alarmed at the name – it won’t leave you looking like the Terminator. Studies have shown that there is a positive relationship between resistance training and bone density, and may even influence risks for osteoporosis (a condition where the bone gets fragile and brittle) by improving strength and balance and increased muscle mass.

People with Lupus have many risk factors for developing osteoporosis. These include:

Being a woman. The majority of Lupus patients are women. Women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men.

Lack of physical activity. The pain, swelling, and stiffness of the joints associated with Lupus can get in the way of weight-bearing exercises.

Vitamin D deficiency. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, which contributes to healthy bones, but Lupus patients are advised to avoid the sun to prevent Lupus flares.

Medications. Some drugs like prednisone are associated with bone loss because they decrease the intestine’s ability to absorb calcium. The higher the dosage and longer the use, the greater chance of bone loss.

Lupus itself. Bone loss may occur as a direct result of your Lupus.