Your "secret weapon" to fight MS

You're probably familiar with the exercise "sales pitch" – regular exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight, boost your mood, and improve your physical strength, endurance, and flexibility. It will also lower your blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

But did you know that exercise also has special benefits for people with MS?

Studies have shown that exercise can help people with MS by:

  • reducing disability
  • increasing strength
  • reducing fatigue and depression
  • improving sleep and appetite
  • improving bladder and bowel function
  • promoting a positive attitude
  • increasing participation in social activities
  • helping people maintain and improve their independence

For people with all levels of disability, exercise helped improve their MS and their mood. Plus, because exercise can increase your strength and endurance, it gives you an extra reserve of support and energy to deal with whatever MS brings your way.

In order to hold on to the benefits of exercise, you must keep exercising. If you're having trouble managing the activities you used to do, see if you can make some changes to your exercise routine. Your physical therapist or doctor may be able to help you modify your exercise routine to make it more manageable.

Before starting a new exercise program, speak with your doctor.

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