When you have plaque psoriasis, flare-ups aren’t just annoying—they can keep you from doing the things that you love. Whether that is a Zen yoga class or a challenging boot camp, your plaque psoriasis can get in the way of a great workout, both physically and mentally.
We can’t all be workout warriors, so if you happen to have taken some time off, or if you’re just starting on your journey, no worries. Start easy on yourself. Go gentle as you jump on the fitness bandwagon and be patient. Whether it is starting at a slower pace on the treadmill or picking a short class, there are lots of ways you can take simple steps for getting into a fitness routine.
This also means experimenting with classes or routines that work best for you. Check out which studios and facilities ClassPass has partnered with IN A CITY NEAR YOU. In the event of a flare-up, you’ll have a ton of options that range from low to high intensities so you have control over the type of exercise. Don’t underestimate the benefits of staying consistently active, even at lower intensity, on your health and your mood!
Speaking of mood, exercise can help release endorphins that make you feel better. As you give yourself a pep talk, focus on how great just making it to your favorite workout class can improve your overall mood. Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your brain in terms of attitude, memory and learning. If you need an extra incentive to lace up those sneakers, it’s truly amazing how much of a difference regular exercise can make in brightening your outlook and boosting your self-esteem. You don’t need to radically change your body shape to get a confidence surge from exercise. Studies suggest that simply seeing fitness improvements, like running a faster mile or lifting more weight than before, can improve your self-esteem and body image. Welcome those endorphins as a major benefit to your workout.1
Make getting dressed for the gym a catalyst and not a roadblock to your new active routine by planning ahead and putting out outfits ahead of time or packing your gym bag the night before. But choose that workout attire wisely by paying extra attention to color and fabric. If you’re self-conscious about flaking skin, choose patterns or light colored fabrics so your plaque psoriasis is a non-issue. Also, don’t forget to read your label closely. Look for soft cotton, or moisture-wicking fabrics, such as polyester, to help let your skin breathe during workouts. More loose-fitting clothes can help avoid extra chafing and irritation.
We’re often much harder on ourselves than we would ever be on a friend or stranger when it comes to expectations and judgment. So remember, while you might worry what other people think, everyone at the gym or in a workout class is most likely there for their own health and not focusing on those around them. This is your time to step up, get fit, and take control—don’t let assumptions about other people’s impressions stop you from doing it!
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