Physical activity can help:
MS affects everyone differently, so talk to your neurologist or a physiotherapist who specialises in MS to help you develop an exercise plan that’s best for you and make sure you exercise safely.
If you’re feeling unwell or have a relapse, you may need to reduce or stop exercising for a while. Don’t be discouraged – the key is to get back into it as soon as you can and work your fitness back up gradually.
Women with mild to moderate MS should aim for:
2x a week
for major muscle groups
Tips to help you start and stay active:
Simple stretching exercises, including activities like yoga and Pilates, can improve your flexibility.
Strength and muscle endurance training
Most strength training involves ‘resistance’ exercises either using your own body weight, free weights or weight machines. Endurance training involves slow, easy movements that are done to the point of fatigue. In general, any low-resistance repetitive exercise can build endurance, and includes swimming and aqua aerobics, gardening and walking.
Aerobic fitness training
Different types of fitness training include walking, running, cycling, swimming, dancing and team sports. You can also use a number of different machines at the gym, such as the treadmill, step-up machine, cross-trainer and exercise bike.
The guidance offered here is meant to help you get started, but should not replace the advice of a healthcare professional.
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