Multiple Sclerosis Workout Tips

Exercising regularly is an important part of controlling multiple sclerosis symptoms. Even though lethargy and coordination issues can render exercising more difficult, it is not only possible but is also highly beneficial for your muscles.

Fatigue, weakness, balance problems, poor sleep quality, and mood disorders like depression are only some of the symptoms multiple sclerosis (MS) can bring on. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, using the right medications, physical therapy, as well as regular physical activity are integral to an effective MS treatment plan.

Physical activity can be very effective in easing MS symptoms by improving blood flow to the brain, boosting stamina, and increasing muscle strength. In addition to impeding the progression of MS and improving mobility, so many studies show that regular exercise can directly relieve two of the most common symptoms associated with the condition: lethargy and depression. 

But what are the safest ways to incorporate regular exercise into your life if you have MS, particularly if the condition has a restricting effect on your physical capacity? Here are some important tips to keep in mind to effectively use physical activity as a tool to improve your MS symptoms.

Discuss your options with your doctor

Prior to taking up an exercise regimen, pay a visit to your neurologist to learn more about the safest options. In most cases, neurologists refer their multiple sclerosis patients to a physical therapist who can put together a safe, personalized exercise program for them. Another option is to hire a personal trainer who specializes in assisting people with conditions such as MS.

Have an exercise plan that matches the severity of your condition

An MS-related disability or being in a wheelchair doesn’t and shouldn’t stop you from getting physically active, especially considering how much of a stabilizing and alleviating effect regular exercise can have on your ailment. You can work with your neurologist to identify the types of activities that can benefit you without putting you at risk of more complications. Choosing physical activities that work out the arms and legs are particularly effective in preventing your muscles and joints from becoming weakened.

Exercise on a daily basis for optimal results

Regular physical activity makes all the difference as it prompts nerve cells to create neurites, producing new passages that facilitate the transmission of signals to and from the brain and muscles. You don’t have to exercise for too long and strenuously to activate this action; you just need to get physically active for as long as your body can handle every day, even if it is just 10-15 minutes. The important part is to get the body moving and get your heart rate up.

Have the right exercise plan

If you are happy with your exercise regimen, the chances are you are going to keep up with it. Some do not enjoy the gym experience, for instance, so it is much more fruitful for them to have a plan they can follow in the comfort of their own home. It is also essential to tailor activities to one’s particular situation and symptoms; if you have poor coordination, it is best to avoid workouts that put you at risk of falling and injuring yourself.

Keep your body temperature low

An increased body temperature can exacerbate MS symptoms as too much heat leads to a reaction that impairs the transmission of signals through the nerves. Hence, it is best to be cautious about your body temperature while exercising. Having lots of cold water while working out, putting on cooling vests, and using towels can help you maintain a low body temperature while working out. However, even if you get too heated up and begin to experience severe symptoms, this is almost always temporary, and the symptoms will improve when you stop working out.

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Posted on May 22, 2023