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Exercise and physical activity play a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle

How to keep a healthy lifestyle with PsA:

 

Keep Exercising


Exercise and physical activity play a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. Nevertheless, over activity on swollen joints can lead to a worsening of your symptoms and so it is recommended that you should always speak with your doctor regarding your level and type of physical activity.

It is recommended that you engage in regular, low-impact exercise to:

 

  • Help loosen up stiff joints and ease pain
  • Strengthen muscles and joints to give you more energy and strength
  • Improve general health and well-being to reduce your chances of developing other diseases associated with psoriatic arthritis (e.g. osteoporosis and heart disease).



It is also important to engage in aerobic exercise, which involves using the large muscles of your body in rhythmic and continuous motions, such as walking, dancing, swimming and cycling. This will help your heart, lungs, muscles and blood vessels work more efficiently and can also result in:

  • Improved stamina
  • Strengthened bones
  • Improving your sleeping patterns
  • Controlling your weight
  • Reduced stress, depression and anxiety.



To find out more about cardiovascular exercise speak with your doctor who will be able to provide you with more information.


Healthy eating

Healthy eating is important when managing psoriatic arthritis
You will find a wealth of information online about what foods you should, and shouldn’t eat when living with psoriatic arthritis. All of this information can be confusing, and often contradictory which is why it is important to identify what suits your lifestyle, disease and personal taste the most.

Understanding what foods are key to a healthy diet is important which is why it is recommended that you discuss this with your doctor or nurse. They will have specific information about your condition and will be able to advise on the most suitable diet to ensure you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

In some cases they may refer you to a dietitian who will be able to provide more detailed information about the various food groups to ensure that you are receiving a varied and balanced diet. A balanced diet, rich in minerals and vitamins is vital to ensure you can:

  • Help maintain a healthy weight
  • Keep your energy levels up
  • Strengthen your immune system to fight off illnesses.

It is important to note that no scientific evidence to date shows a link between your diet and psoriatic arthritis flares; as a result you should always find out what works best for you.


To find out more about a healthy diet speak with your doctor or nurse who will be able to provide you with more information.

 

 

Healthy living

When living with psoriatic arthritis it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle
When living with psoriatic arthritis it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid excessive alcohol consumption and smoking.

Cigarette smoke contains hundreds of harmful toxins which have been shown to have a negative effect on your immune system, and as a result can lead to making your symptoms worse. Smoking can also have a negative effect on your overall health including increasing the risk of some cancers.

Speaking with your doctor or nurse about the harmful effects of smoking and excessive alcohol consumption is important because they have a number of ways to help you quit. Giving up or reducing your daily consumption has a number of health benefits that include:

  • Reduced aggravation of you symptoms
  • Improved health and well-being
  • Reduced fatigue/ maintaining energy levels.
  • Prolonged life expectancy

 

 

Rest and relaxation

Rest and relaxation is vital to ensure that you manage your psoriatic arthritis symptoms effectively
Adequate rest and relaxation can ensure that you manage your symptoms effectively. Over activity can lead to periods of increased severity in your symptoms known as ‘psoriatic flares’ and so rest and relaxation is essential for managing your symptoms.

Pace your activities, even those such as household chores, and take time for yourself so you can:

  • Avoid excessive fatigue
  • Lessen the strain on your joints
  • Keep your energy levels up.
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