In the past, people with MS have often avoided physical exertion in fear that it might worsen their condition. However, there are many benefits, both physical and mental, to exercising with MS.
Exercise may help to improve your strength, balance, mobility, and bladder and bowel symptoms. And although fatigue is often the symptom that prevents people with MS from exercising, studies have shown that by engaging in exercise, you can actually bring down your levels of fatigue.
Exercise can also help to improve your cardiovascular fitness and help you to maintain a healthy weight. This can reduce your risk of developing weight-related diseases, as well as lowering the impact that some MS symptoms, such as pain, might have on your quality of life with MS.
On top of the physical benefits, it’s important to also remember the positive effect that exercise can have on your brain. In addition to lifting mood and easing symptoms of anxiety and depression, doing some exercise can also help to improve your cognitive function.
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You should talk to your doctor before starting any physical activity to make sure that the exercise you do is tailored to your MS, as you may risk exacerbating your symptoms if you overexert yourself. Try setting some exercise goals to share with your healthcare team. They can offer you the support you need and help keep you on track to achieve them.