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When you suffer from psoriasis, you might find that some exercises are difficult or even painful to perform. It’s tough enough for those without the condition to find the time to exercise, so imagine the lengths you’d go to avoid it if it caused you pain or discomfort.
Still, you need to move, and a healthy body means fewer flare-ups and irritation, so let’s get started. Here is a handful of excellent advice on how you can stay active, comfortable, and boost your immune system in one go.
We all know the benefits of staying active. Our bodies were designed for multiple hours of hard labour every day, and haven’t quite received the memo on how we work more with our heads today. It doesn’t matter; our body still needs regular exercise, and even more so if you have an autoimmune disorder like psoriasis.
Noticing another flare-up or increased irritation is likely to cause a lot of stress. Even when the skin looks alright, people with psoriasis tend to stress about the condition nonetheless. We’re all slaves to our hormones, you know, but we can do a bit to control which ones you have the most of.
Exercising releases a lot of happy hormones and will help on your mood and general well-being – so throw those shoes on and enjoy the sight of skin problems vanishing as you run.
Wear comfortable clothing
Make sure that the clothing you wear is loose, comfortable and able to breathe. A lot of people with this condition worries about the effect sweat and friction has on their skin, and they’ll avoid exercising strenuously. This backfires every time, of course, and your skin condition is unlikely to improve when you’re immobile every day
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Grab your best moisturiser for psoriasis and rub it on the areas that are likely to be irritated – such as your joints. Next, make sure you’re not wearing any synthetic fabrics when being active as your skin won’t be able to breathe as it should; cotton is a much-prefered choice and will help with soaking up the sweat.
Adjust your routine
Waking up to a flaky and irritated skin is enough for many to throw their activity plans out the window. It might feel like doing yourself a favour, but you’re really not – every exercise can be adjusted to accommodate for whatever pain or discomfort you may feel.
If your feet are flaring up, you should avoid wearing socks or shoes and rather get your yoga mat out. It’s especially important for those with psoriatic arthritis to move their joints and relieve stiffness, and yoga can be particularly helpful for improving your range of movement.
Apply the same mindset if the condition keeps you from your regular routine; switch it up a bit and let the affected area rest, so that you can return even stronger to your usual exercise.
Remember to stay hydrated while you’re active – while we all need water to function as we should, the dryness of psoriasis is likely to worsen if you don’t get enough of it. Have a drink before you start moving, and another sip every fifteen minutes. It’s good for your mood, skin, and general health, and nothing should keep you from enjoying healthy and active days – especially not psoriasis.