How Exercise Helps Manage Psoriasis

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Exercise can help you fend off and manage the skin disease, psoriasis. How is this possible? It’s believed that psoriasis might be triggered by obesity- it’s estimated that people with this skin disease are more obese than people that don’t, and being overweight potentially increases inflammation. So while exercise is important for a variety of physical fitness reasons- it also plays an important role in the management of those who have psoriasis. Now, often times it’s not easy to exercise in public places- as people with psoriasis may be weary of flare-ups and self-conscious about their skin appearance in front of other people. But if you can get past that, exercise can go a long way toward improving your skin psoriasis.

Biking: Research at Stanford University has uncovered valuable information on the benefits of bike riding beyond just body fitness. The researchers have found that biking can also have a  positive effect on your skin, in terms of guarding it against UV rays and aging. Bike riding improves blood circulation, which allows oxygen to flow freely, helping you get rid of potentially harmful toxins and making sure the good toxins reach your skin quickly. The faster collagen production from exercise helps reduce age spots and wrinkles, keeping you looking younger! Indoor exercise bikes are just as effective as cycling outdoors.
Yoga: Aside from being incredibly relaxing, improving flexibility, and decreasing stress- yoga is incredibly good for your skin. For starters, yoga improves circulation, which improves your skin tone. Yoga is also known to increase cellular functioning which may lead to reduced breakouts and better management of skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. However, according to a story on “A Diet A Day,” it’s also important to take care of your skin after you’re done with a yoga session. For instance, washing your face immediately after a session is recommended.
You know that people who live with psoriasis are shy and self conscious about exposing areas of their skin to the public. But the benefits of exercise are very  significant to completely just pass up. While doing these activities  maximize your skin protection, so that you don’t encourage a skin flare up. Wear loose clothing to ensure that your attire doesn’t rub against your skin, which could ignite irritation. It might also be a good idea to dampen areas that you’re particularly worried about flaring up with lubrication prior to the exercise session. It’s important to bathe after exercising- this helps get the sweat off the body and potentially anything else, such as makeup that could be responsible for a flare-up. If you start to notice signs of flare up due to irritation from exercising- be sure to treat it immediately with the medication you’ve been using to treat the condition.
Below is an awesome heart rate calculator that helps you to predict the target heart rate you should meet to have a successful workout and stay healthy, which is very important to all ages, and also helps meet the type of your exercise goal.
Exercise Bikes by LIVESTRONG® Fitness
This calculator is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. A qualified health care provider should be consulted before making any fitness or health decisions.
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Today’s guest blogger is Alan Bryan. Born and raised near Silicon Valley, Alan has been able to channel his love of gaming into a career as a journalist…focusing on gaming.
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