At Beyond MS we have found that regular daily exercise is very helpful in managing MS symptoms, as well as for general good health and well-being, and many studies support this finding. A good exercise program can help with optimum muscle development, bone strength and respiration.
Aerobic exercise programs are particularly beneficial and help improve cardiovascular fitness and overall strength. Other benefits include better bladder and bowel function, less fatigue and depression, a more positive attitude and increased social interaction
Ensure your exercise program is aligned with your abilities and limitations. Be aware that changes in your MS symptoms may make it necessary to adjust your exercise routine accordingly
A physical therapist experienced with the unique and varied symptoms of MS can be helpful in designing, supervising and revising a well-balanced exercise program
Carefully time your exercise program to avoid the hotter periods of the day and pace yourself to prevent excessive fatigue
For safety’s sake, talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine
People with MS who are inactive are prone to many risk factors associated with coronary heart disease, muscle weakness, decreased bone density with increased risk of fracture, and shallow breathing
Exercise and Yoga Exercise is vital to good health! The ideal exercise would balance the whole human system, mind and body. It is also vital that exercise gives more energy than it takes, which is a concept foreign to most exercise programs. The gentle stretching of Yoga keeps anyone flexible and will help spasticity, flexibility, and pain. Start a comfortable aerobic exercise program of walking, cycling, wheeling, or swimming. Activity is essential to help the body stay functional! This aerobic activity is a wonderful complement to yoga. It is critically important to stay as active as you can within your own potential – but don’t overdo it! + Read • + Watch
The Benefits of Yoga for People with MS
The ancient practice of yoga has long been touted as a wellness modality.
Yoga loosely translates to “union,” or the yoke connecting one to God, and can be traced back 5,000 years to the Indus-Sarasvati region in Northern India.
For centuries yoga was practiced as medicine and as a spiritual path.
Modern medicine is catching up.
On more than one occasion yoga has been clinically proven to provide healthy results. An increasing amount of clinical studies focus on yoga as it specifically benefits those with multiple sclerosis (MS).