Exercise: What role does sport play in itching?

Can you do exercise despite itching?
How does physical activity influence itching and general well-being?

Can you exercise despite itching? How does physical activity influence itching and general well-being?

Sport can be stressful for the skin. For example, UV light during long outdoor sports, sweat, incorrect clothing, multiple contact with germs (e.g. in the swimming pool), stress caused by pressure to perform and sports involving long periods in the water can irritate the skin.

Nevertheless, it is recommended that adults do at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g. 5 x 30 minutes per week) or at least 75 minutes per week at a higher intensity. Aerobic physical activity is exercise in which the muscle groups are constantly supplied with sufficient oxygen, such as walking, hiking, running, cycling and swimming.

Regular exercise is important for both body and soul. This is why sport is also recommended despite itching. Any physical activity lasting 10 minutes or more counts as sport and can help to distract you from itching, improve your well-being, zest for life and quality of life.

What should you pay attention to when exercising so that the itching is not exacerbated?

It is generally advantageous to ensure that the skin is in good condition in advance and to take adequate care of it.

Moderate exercise - such as slow jogging, walking, yoga, Pilates, cycling, ball sports - is recommended so that the body does not produce so much sweat; this can promote itching. In general, choose a sport that you personally like so that it is easier to get started.

Exercising in a clean, well ventilated environment is good for the skin. Allergens - such as pollen - should be avoided, as should mechanical irritation, e.g. from unsuitable clothing. Choose skin-friendly, permeable sportswear with a high cotton content. If you like swimming, you should prefer salt water to chlorinated water.

During training, you can dab off sweat with a clean towel, and a cool shower is recommended shortly after exercise. Do not forget to care for your skin after sport with a moisturizing cream.

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