Exercising with MS
Incorporating exercise into your daily routine is beneficial for your overall wellbeing and gets your blood flowing. If you have Multiple Sclerosis, you may be concerned about identifying the best exercises for you that will help you feel stronger and manage your symptoms. Below we suggest exercises that help with balance, coordination, and strength.
Consult with your health care team to help you safely increase your physical activity and identify the best exercises for you. Exercise affects everyone differently, so pay attention to how your body responds to your selected activity. Take it slow, listen to your body, and don’t let yourself get overheated.
Exercise Ideas for Multiple Sclerosis
- Water aerobics is a great group exercise and a wonderful way to meet new friends. Most local YMCAs or aquatic centers offer several water aerobics classes.
- Marching in place will help with your balance and strengthen your legs.
- Stretching your muscles daily is important for everyone. This daily activity helps your blood flow, helps with muscle stiffness and fatigue.
- Adaptive Tai Chi allows you to focus on your breathing while doing slow, methodical movements. You can easily practice Tai Chi in a sitting position.
Listen to Your Body – Resting is OK
If you have a day that you are too fatigued to exercise, that’s OK! Give yourself a day to rest. Consider a brain exercise on these days, such as Sudoku or a Crossword Puzzle.
If you live in the Nashville area, contact Caregivers By WholeCare to find out how our in-home caregivers can help a person with MS to feel enabled, motivated, and connected to others. Feel free to call us anytime at 615-422-7549, or fill out our simple online contact form to let us know how we can help.