Lifestyle and Exercise

The negative impacts of PsA can be managed through lifestyle interventions, including exercise, diet and restriction of alcohol and tobacco use.

Being active through the “ups and downs” of PsA can seem intimidating, but it does not have to be. Maintaining a regimen of regular exercise (30-60 minutes, 4-7 days/week) can reduce the inflammatory mechanisms that cause symptoms and strengthen muscles that support the joints. This includes walking, biking, swimming, yoga and any other non-strenuous activities. Consult a physiotherapist and/or physiatrist for more information and ideas for guided workouts.

It is equally important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet, consisting largely of plant-based foods (including 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables), fish and legumes. Reduce consumption of red meat and dairy, and avoid foods high in saturated fat and processed sugars. Alcohol and tobacco also act as inflammatory triggers, and should also be avoided, if possible.