Sweaty skin, itchy plaques, self-consciousness—there are a lot of reasons exercise may end up on the back burner when you have psoriasis. Even more so if you’re also dealing with joint pain, fatigue, and stiffness related to psoriatic arthritis.
But taking steps to prioritize exercise can help improve your overall health and may even positively affect your psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis symptoms.
Why Is Exercise Good for Psoriatic Arthritis and Psoriasis?
While scientific studies about the benefits of exercise for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis have been rather small or limited, “we know in real-world practice that [exercise] helps,” says Saakshi Khattri, M.D., a board certified dermatologist and rheumatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City.