In this study, participants underwent imaging scans of various regions of the brain. They also completed questionnaires assessing the frequency of strenuous (e.g., jogging), moderate (e.g., fast walking), and mild (e.g., easy walking) exercise for periods of more than 15 minutes per week during an individual’s free time.
People whose scores indicated regular activity maintained tissue volume in a region of the brain called the “hippocampus,” which is associated with learning and consolidating memories. Those people who did not regularly participate in exercise tended to have lower hippocampus volumes.
The National MS Society recently convened a group of experts in the fields of MS, exercise, rehabilitation, and physical activity to review available studies and develop recommendations for healthcare providers who can advise individuals with MS at all disability levels. Learn more
The COVID-19 pandemic makes some exercise goals difficult to achieve. The Centers for Disease Control provide some advice for overcoming barriers to increasing physical activity.