You always see pictures of reality TV star Kim Kardashian in workout clothes coming straight from the gym. New research suggests she might be going for more reasons that just preserving her prize assett of her booty. Turns out Kim Kardashian, like her mom Kris Jenner, suffers from psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin condition caused by immune system disfunction. Chronic inflammation causes symptoms like painful, itchy, dry red blotches and scaling of the skin.
Turns out sweating it out at the gym can reduce your psoriasis symptoms. A recent study published in Archives of Dermatology by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital looked at the link between physical activity and psoriasis in 86,655 US female nurses. After researchers removed the confounds of aging, smoking and alcohol use, they found vigourous exercise is enough to reduce risk of psoriasis by 25-30%. What excatly is vigorous excecise? It’s about 105 minutes of running or 180 minutes of vigourous aerobic exercise.
Researchers found a negative correlation between vigourous exercise and psoriasis, meaning the more vigourous exercise you do, the lower your risk of psoriasis will be! Just note walking, jogging, yoga, low-intenisty tennis and recreational swimming aren’t considered vigourous exercise. You really have to get that heart rate up.
*image courtesy of shutterstock.com & Elizabeth Wu