Why Exercise Helps Psoriasis and Your Heart

Having psoriasis increases your chance of cardiovascular disease. The good news: a little movement can go a long way toward lowering those risks.

Health Monitor Staff
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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.

July 2012