Living with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis can make regular exercise daunting, but exercise is the most important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Regular low-mid impact exercise will reduce the stiffness in your joints and keep them limber and strong for longer. Katie, our Pack Health Exercise Physiologist says, “Starting slowly, especially when new to exercise or starting back after some time off, is especially important for two reasons: 1. it prevents injury from occurring and 2. it prevents burn-out from exercising. If you overdo it and you’re sore or hurting the next day, it’s hard to want to continue with your routine.” (Follow Katie on Facebook for more expert tips.)
Here are a few tidbits to help get your body moving and your blood flowing!
01 Consult your doctor first
They will have the best idea about what level of exercise is appropriate for your specific situation and will be able to suggest a good starting point, perfect for you.
02 Loosen up a little
Begin every workout with a stretching session. 15 minutes of continuous flexibility exercises is a must for fighting joint stiffness and pain.
03 Walk it out
Walking is a great low-impact means of exercise. If your arthritis affects your legs try adding gel inserts to your shoes to relieve the pressure on your joints.
04 Weigh out your options
Using weights or resistance will build muscles that in turn will support your joints in your day-to-day movements, protecting them from stress and reducing your risk of injury. Performing exercises that focus on tensing your muscles without bending your joints might be the most beneficial. Consult with a physical therapist or personal trainer to make sure your form is correct and build a workout routine that is tailored to your situation. Your Health Advisor can also help!
05 Make a splash
Swimming or walking in water is a no impact exercise to increase strength and cardiovascular function. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy a pool day?
06 Focus within
Yoga is good mix of stretching, controlled movements, and deep-breathing relaxation. This combination of exercise will build strength and reduce stress. Look for a community yoga class in your area, or try a mobile application like Asana Rebel or Pocket Yoga to learn basic yoga moves in the comfort of your home.
Make sure your exercise is fun and something you find enjoyable. That way, you will be more likely to stick to it. You do not have to fight it alone. Ask a friend to be your workout buddy for extra motivation and accountability. Most importantly, consult your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.
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