Exercise may help you improve your energy and balance. This may help you with everyday activities. Although more research is needed in this area, exercise may help as you live your life with multiple sclerosis.
As someone who lives with MS, I’ve experienced just how difficult it can be to keep a consistent exercise program. What keeps me motivated is knowing how important physical activity and movement can be to my MS. You don’t have to be an athlete or love exercise to keep yourself moving. There are many forms of exercise for different people. Exercise may not be for everyone, but there are multiple ways to stay active. There are plenty of things you can do on a daily basis that may benefit you. Please be sure to talk to your healthcare team before beginning any new exercise routines. Here are some ideas to consider that may help you maintain an active lifestyle:
Keep in mind, there are various MS groups (local and worldwide) that offer exercise programs and classes geared toward those with MS. I’d recommend giving them a try. You might meet some great new friends and learn new ways to help lead a healthy lifestyle. It’s also nice to know there are others in the same boat as you.
MS affects everyone differently, so try different ways of exercising to see what works best for you. Work with your physical therapist and healthcare provider before beginning a new exercise to make sure the activity you choose aligns with your specific condition. When starting any type of new activity, it’s important to be patient and take it slow—even if it means just a few minutes a day. Listen to your body and be careful not to overdo it. Remember, there are lots of ways to work movement into your daily routine. So get out there and make today the day you start being more active.