How Exercise Can Help Combat Psoriasis-Related Obesity

There's no question that obesity is related to a number of different health conditions. But according to the National Psoriasis Foundation, if you suffer from psoriasis, you're already at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. So how can you keep these risks down? The best way is to get moving.

Regular exercise not only relieves psoriasis pain, but also helps you shed pounds and improve your overall health. A number of common activities and exercises can help your heart work more efficiently. Here are some examples:

  • Aerobics
  • Biking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Jumping rope
  • Rowing
  • Running or jogging
  • Swimming
  • Team sports, such as basketball and soccer
  • Tennis
Eliminate the fear factor

If starting up a new workout routine seems overwhelming or a little scary, keep in mind that exercise doesn't have to be overly rigorous to help protect your heart and help you lose weight.

Lower-intensity activities including brisk walking, dancing, yard work and climbing stairs also have long-term health benefits.

Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise every day—but it doesn't have to be all at once! You can break up your workout into several manageable 'chunks' to get the same benefits. If you're not a morning person, consider taking a 15-minute walk at lunch and after work.

Remember, safety comes first. If you're middle-aged or older, it's important to consult your doctor before you begin any exercise program—especially if you already have a heart condition.

Published August 2011

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