Why It's Important To Exercise With MS

Curated by
Brittany Déjean
Content via Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Curated by
Brittany Déjean

When you’re managing a disability or condition like multiple sclerosis or MS, it can be easy to forget the importance of exercise and its impact on your health. Recent findings showing the importance of exercising with MS.

“Regular exercise improves cardiovascular fitness and overall health and well-being…an improvement in flexibility, balance, and range of motion.  Secondary benefits include decreased spasticity, decreased muscle atrophy, and improved management of fatigue.” 


Man in a manual wheelchair holding a dumbell

With all of these positive physical outcomes, it’s easy to see that integrating exercise into your routine with the help of your doctor can be beneficial to your health. However, the benefits are not limited to the physical realm. “Overall mood is also improved with a decrease in incidence of depression…exercise is the key to preventing cognitive decline and reducing stress…which ultimately may delay disease progression.”

Four tips for staying active with MS: 

  • Stretch daily.
  • Try different forms of exercise depending on your abilities (and make sure it’s approved by your physician).
  • Stay cool, and check out these tips for managing heat with MS.
  • Work on cardio. “Cardiovascular health is crucial to help delay disease progression.”

Talk to your neurologist about safe ways for you to exercise, and remember that you can work out even if you are a wheelchair user!

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