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May 26, 2020
Staying active can help us ward off numerous health conditions. Could psoriasis be one of them? Regular, vigorous exercise has been found to reduce the risk of developing psoriasis and control flare-ups in current patients. Let’s look at how the two are related…
Increasing physical activity helps to reduce your body’s level of cytokines, a pro-inflammatory protein. So, exercise can prevent chronic inflammation, decreasing the severity and incidence of psoriasis flare-ups
Exercising regularly can also help patients to lose excess body weight, which is another contributing factor to psoriasis flare-ups. Inflammatory markers are reduced in patients of a healthy weight, reducing psoriasis severity along with it.
Another benefit of exercise is that it releases endorphins that help to boost your mood. Symptoms of depression and low self-esteem are common among psoriasis patients, and exercise can be an effective way of fighting these.
The recommendation is that 3-4 hours per week of vigorous exercise helps to control psoriasis. Lighter exercises like walking may not be enough to see the same results, but if your fitness levels are low, it is better to start with gentle activity and build it up.
Try to avoid exercises that involve a lot of contacts and especially friction on the skin. For example, lying on the floor to do sit-ups may irritate the skin on your back and worsen plaques. Patients with psoriatic arthritis should avoid high-impact exercises like running as these are tough on the joints. yoga and pilates are good examples of low-impact exercises to try.
Tight workout clothing may irritate your skin, so opt for loose, breathable clothes instead. The gym is a great place to get fit, but if you’re feeling self-conscious, then there’s plenty you can do at home, too. Buy a set of dumbbells and find a workout video on YouTube to follow. Make sure you shower soon after exercising as the sweat may irritate your skin.
Don’t let psoriasis hold you back.
Getting active could be the perfect supplement to your psoriasis treatment.
Did you like this article? If so, check out our blog for more tips on how to prevent skin conditions.