MUSCLE UP TO HELP FIGHT PSORIASIS

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We get it. Making the effort to exercise is hard enough as it is. Now add psoriasis to the equation? That mental and physical hurdle can feel intimidating. But when you have a chronic condition like psoriasis, it’s even more important to lead a healthy lifestyle.

You might be thinking easier said than done, but we’ve got all kinds of tips and tricks to help you figure it out.

Remember to talk to your doctor before beginning or changing an exercise regimen.

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Switch It Up

As you start developing an exercise plan, you’ll learn that some workouts just aren’t for you. They might cause irritation or pain at the site of your symptoms.  Look for ways to modify these exercises so you can get the gain without the pain.

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SPF for Psoriasis

Research shows that some sunlight can be good for your psoriasis, but not too much. If you’re planning an outdoor activity, make sure you apply sunscreen or wear long sleeves. Remember to reapply as directed.

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Buddy System

Recruit an exercise partner who can support you. They’ll be understanding if parts of the workout give you trouble, and it’s always comforting to have some support if and when you decide to work out in public.

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Home Body

It can sometimes be embarrassing going to the gym during a flare-up. That’s why you should have a back-up plan in place, like a running route around your neighborhood, or an area of the basement where you can work out instead.

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Getting in shape has more than just physical benefits. It can help you feel confident in the face of your condition, and assure you that psoriasis can’t define you. The important thing is to just get up, move around, and have fun.

When added to your doctor-prescribed treatment, you may find it does wonders for your mental and physical health.