How regular exercise can help you manage the conditionRegular exercise may help not only your overall wellbeing, but your psoriasis too.1 So it can be worthwhile integrating regular exercise into your daily routine.
If you haven’t exercised regularly before, or you are not sure what level of activity is suitable for you, speak to your doctor. He or she can help you build up your activity levels gradually. This might be 30 minutes of exercise on five or more days during the week, or short bouts of physical activity spread out during the day.
Integrating exercise into your normal routineThere are plenty of ways of integrating exercise into your normal routine. Taking the stairs rather than an elevator, leaving the car at home for short trips, or parking further away than you normally do, can all add physical activity into your day. Housework and gardening also count towards your exercise goals.
You are more likely to stick to an exercise schedule if you look forward to it, so consider choosing an activity you enjoy and ask your partner or a friend to join you. Whether it’s ballroom dancing, lawn or carpet bowls, pilates, tai chi, walking or yoga or something else is not so important – as long as it can motivate you to get active.
Regular exercise may help not only your overall wellbeing, but your psoriasis too.
The benefits of physical activityIn addition to the overall health benefits, physical activity can play an important role in how you manage your psoriasis.2 And it can be especially useful as a way to reduce and prevent stress. So it may be worthwhile to plan how you can fit regular exercise into your daily routine. Always consult your doctor if you haven’t exercised regularly before.
- http://www.psoriasis.org/psoriatic-arthritis/living-well/exercise, p. 1, Last accessed date: 11 Aug 2015
- Mark Hamer et el, ‘Dose response relationship between physical activity and mental health: The Scottish Health Survey’, Br J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsm.2008.046243, http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2008/04/10/bjsm.2008.046243.short
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