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What Kind of Exercise Is Most Beneficial for Those With Psoriatic Arthritis?

I've heard that exercise can have a positive impact on psoriatic arthritis symptoms. I'd like to see if an exercise regimen could help me, but I don't know where to begin. What kind of exercise is most beneficial for those with psoriatic arthritis?

 
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Strength training, flexibility exercises, and endurance exercises are the most beneficial for someone dealing with psoriatic arthritis. Strength training strengthens the muscles that surround the joints, which helps to stabilize them. However, you should work with very light weights initially to avoid further damage to the joints. Flexibility exercises, such as stretching or yoga, can help to keep the joint from becoming stiff and may increase the joint's range of motion.
 
Endurance exercises help people with psoriatic arthritis maintain a healthy body weight, which lessens stress on the joints. In addition, aerobic exercise increases the blood supply to cartilage in the joints, which can lead to cartilage strengthening and a reduction in joint pain. Walking, swimming, or biking can be good aerobic exercises, since they are low impact.
 
Conversely, too much exercise or the wrong type of exercise could worsen arthritis pain and joint damage. It's important to consult with your healthcare provider to help determine which kinds of exercise could be most beneficial for you.
 
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