At this time of year, many people are taking up healthy habits and looking to get active. If you’ve thought about exercising more but find it difficult, you’re not alone. A 2016 study supported by AAAF found that 4 in 5 people with Alopecia Areata don’t get enough exercise. However, we know that physical activity has massive benefits for physical and mental health. The same study found that people with severe Alopecia Areata who did not get enough exercise reported higher rates of stress and were more likely to experience depression and anxiety.
Whether you’re new to Alopecia Areata or been living with it for years, getting active can feel really daunting. Some of the most common concerns are around wigs and headwear, sweat and reactions of others. Love, Alopecia has previous articles on managing difficult or insensitive comments. Here we’ve collected some great tips for managing some of the most common barriers to getting active – and an extra special video at the end to help inspire and empower!