Your secret weapon is exercise! Not only will it make you look good, it will make you feel good too. You'll also find it easier for you to do your daily activities, including dressing and grooming.
People with MS may have issues with fatigue, mobility, and coordination, but this doesn't mean that they can't exercise. In fact, exercise can help ease these problems. So how do you get started? First, check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Your physical therapist can help you design an exercise program that works for your body.
Here are a few general tips on exercising with MS:
- Take a break if you feel dizzy, nauseated, short of breath, or unwell.
- Avoid exercising during the hottest times of the day.
- Exercise during the time of day when you have the most energy. You can also try dividing your workout into smaller sessions. For example, if working out for 30 minutes is too tiring, try three 10-minute sessions.
- Try aquatic (water) exercise, such as swimming or water aerobics. If you have balance problems, the water can support you. If your muscles are weak, the water makes it easier for you to move around because you are more buoyant. Water also helps keep you from getting overheated while exercising.
- If you think you have a sports-related injury, talk to your physical therapist before restarting your exercise program.
Even a little bit of exercise can go a long way towards improving your appearance and your physical health. Get the glow – start your exercise program soon!
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