Multiple sclerosis affects millions worldwide and manifests itself in a multitude of different ways. Extreme fatigue, difficulty with mobility, balance and coordination are among some of the symptoms commonly experienced and can represent a real challenge to the daily lives of those living with the disease. Despite this, many people continue to lead healthy and active lives and we are here to show you how you can do the same. The following exercises are not only great ways to boost overall health and wellness but they have also proven to be helpful and effective in managing and easing the symptoms of MS.
1. Swimming And Water Cardio
We cannot stress the benefits of swimming highly enough as a form of exercise for MS sufferers. As a low-impact aerobic activity, it not only burns calories and increases general fitness levels, but also takes the weight off weak nerves, joints and limbs. The resistance of the water helps to support, strengthen and engage muscles, whilst generally permitting a greater range of movement than on land. Aquatic exercise also reduces risk of injury from a fall, since people with MS often find it easier to move and balance when submerged underwater.
2. Walking Or Light Jogging
Regularly getting out and about, whether simply taking a walk or upping the pace to a gentle jog, is a practical way to stay fit and improve stamina. Many MS sufferers have extolled its virtues in terms of helping to overcome muscle spasms, fatigue and other side effects of the disease. Always ensure you are kitted out with supportive and properly fitting footwear, both for your chosen activity and for your particular feet. This will both help to absorb the impact of the physical activity and avoid potential foot and ankle injuries. If joint stability is an issue a lightweight custom-fitted foot, ankle, or knee brace can be very effective.
3. HIIT Strength Training
High-intensity interval training broadly involves alternating short bursts of intense exercise with calmer recovery periods. There is no set formula for a HIIT workout and they are a great way to maximize time for those of you with hectic schedules. It greatly benefits MS patients by helping to improve muscle condition and functional ability, as well as oxygen levels and circulation. As long as you’re careful not to over exert yourself, HIIT exercise can have a significant impact on the quality of life of those living with MS.
Pilates isn’t just a trendy fad for fashionistas. This increasingly popular system of exercises strengthens and conditions the core of the body, focusing on balance, breathing and flexibility. By increasing joint mobility and improving posture and muscle elasticity, it can have a very positive influence on the control and stability of the MS community.
Another relaxation technique we recommend for those living with MS is yoga. Like pilates, this widely practiced meditative discipline will help to improve your flexibility, balance and coordination. The focus on regular breathing techniques will also improve circulation and help soothe your nerves and stress levels. Here are some great examples of yoga poses you can try without even having to leave the comfort of your own home.
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These exercises can be a lot of fun in their own right and easily incorporated into your lifestyle. Step By Step is a proud winner of the Patients’ Choice Awards and our team of trained professionals are committed to helping people who live with MS. Get in touch today if your ability to enjoy life to the full is affected by MS and you’d like to learn more about how we can help you stay physically active.