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Exercise Benefits for Psoriatic Arthritis Suffers

By Stephen R. Farris

Dealing with psoriatic arthritis can be stressful. Not only do psoriatic arthritis sufferers have to deal with the patches of red, scaly skin rashes associated with it, they may have stiffness in the joints, usually their fingers and toes, and tiredness or fatigue in most cases to name a few of the symptoms.

Psoriatic arthritis can lead to other health related problems, like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity or all four. It could also reduce your red blood cell count, leading to anemia. There is no cure for psoriatic arthritis, but it is treatable. Treatments can minimize how much psoriatic arthritis affects you and usually consists of certain medications prescribed by a physician. To slow down deformation of bones and joints, calcium and Vitamin D should be a part of your diet.

Activity Is Key

The main thing for psoriatic arthritis suffers is to remain active. Exercise is a good choice to incorporate into your daily life. You might try swimming, walking, aerobic exercise and cycling to help keep your joints and muscles moving and it could lessen the pain to an extent.

Most all of these exercises can be done at home, with the exception of swimming unless you're fortunate to have a pool in your backyard. 

If you take up walking -- of course there's no limit to mixing them up and incorporating them all into your regime -- start off with short distances in the beginning, maybe 10-15 minutes a day. After the first week, when your body becomes accustomed to it, increase your distance and time to about 20-30 minutes each session. Fitness studies show that a good target is to do at least 150 minutes of brisk exercise each week.

With aerobic exercise, low-impact is probably the best to start with, at least until you feel comfortable enough doing it. You can stick with low-impact aerobics, such as yoga or tai chi, however there may be a time you might want to intensify your workout and that's fine too.

Most larger cities have facilities with indoor pools and may even offer water aerobic classes. If your condition makes it hard to walk long distances or do aerobic exercise or cycling, this may be an exercise for you to try. The water will take some of the pressure off of your joints and allow you to move a bit more freely. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mansfield, Tex.

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