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Exercising with Psoriasis: Get r Done Wellness

We all know the importance of getting exercise, blah, blah, blah. But really, what keeps your body healthy can also keep your psoriasis in check. If you’re having a flare-up, you may feel embarrassed to wear revealing gym gear, short-sleeved shirts and shorts, or even a bathing suit. But don’t pack away that gym bag for good! Remember how awesome you are – your self-confidence has a big impact on how others respond to you.

A good workout can lower your cardiovascular risk, which can be higher for those with psoriasis. Exercise has also been shown to boost the overall immune system and lower stress – and we all know how stress can sometimes make symptoms worse.

Dress for Success

So when you're ready to get a move-on, remember:

  • Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.
  • Avoid tight and clingy, or any clothing that rubs or chafes.
  • Soft, lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics are ideal.
  • Non-irritating lotions may also prevent chafing.
  • After your workout, take a shower, being careful not to irritate your skin by scrubbing too hard.

Do Your Thing

  • If you start slow, you can work up to an exercise level that feels comfortable for you. Find activities that you enjoy, at home, in groups or outdoors, whether they’re yoga, cross-fit, PowerWatts, jogging, biking or simply walking around the block.

“Exercise has also been shown to boost the overall immune system and lower stress.”

Have Fun

  • Group sports or activities can be a great way to stay motivated, share a few laughs, and meet new buds.
  • Or you may just want to fly solo. If you’re pressed for time, even a few minutes a day with some simple stretching or even a kettlebell or short workout video (did someone say Jillian Michaels?) can make a big difference.

The choice is entirely up to you. The important thing is to get out there and have fun with it! What do you do to stay active and healthy while having fun? I'd love to hear your story.

Speaking of which, I have a date with my gym! #intervalsHELL #worthit

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