If you have multiple sclerosis (MS) and you’re not feeling well, exercise may be the last thing on your agenda. But studies show getting physical has many benefits for people with MS.
• Helping you do more before you get tired
• Reducing your risk for heart disease, bone fractures and other health problems
• Preventing depression
• Improving overall quality of life.
Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise plan. Then consider these ways to get moving:
• Walking: It’s simple, inexpensive and you’ve done it for years. A structured program helps you reap its benefits.
• Yoga: In this practice, you’ll breathe deeply, move deliberately, stretch and relax.
• Tai chi: This Chinese martial art aims to relieve stress, keep you balances and boost both your mental focus and your muscle tone. The YMCA, local community centers or recreation departments may offer classes.
• Strength training: Over time, weight-lifting exercises build your muscles and make daily activities easier.
• Swimming: Cool water prevents overheating and may even soothe symptoms while you work out.
The Lutheran Multiple Sclerosis center provides comprehensive medical care and support to patients with multiple sclerosis. Click here for more.