Staying Active with MS
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the brain and spinal cord, which is also known as the central nervous system. In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath that covers your nerve fibers and results in problems with communication between your brain and the rest of your body. This disease can cause permanent damage to your nerves.
For individuals with MS, staying active is one of the most important things you can do. Exercise can help to improve symptoms, as well as improve fitness, endurance, and strength in your arms and legs. Studies have also shown that exercising can improve:
The best exercises for individuals with MS
The best MS exercises to stay active are aerobic exercises, stretching, and progressive strength training. It is also important to warm up before beginning exercise--- this can include something as simple as walking or even cycling on a stationary bike!
Tips for a great workout!
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Multiple sclerosis. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/multiple-sclerosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20350269. Published June 12, 2020. Accessed February 15, 2021.
Exercise. National Multiple Sclerosis Society. https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Living-Well-With-MS/Diet-Exercise-Healthy-Behaviors/Exercise. Accessed February 15, 2021.