Have you reached Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Part 2 and want to read Part 1 first? Click here to go to Part 1.
What type of multiple sclerosis exercise should you do? The study mentioned in Part 1, showed how aerobic exercise had a very positive effect on the brain. But what exactly is aerobic exercise? A definition of this type of exercise follows.
As a person with MS - exercise is something you've probably thought about. Do you follow traditional thinking that says you shouldn't exercise? Or should you go with the newer, more updated thinking that exercise is in deed beneficial for people with multiple sclerosis? If you are like many MSers, you probably lead a very active life before being diagnosed with the disease.
If you are like the majority of people who are diagnosed with MS, you are or were young and just beginning a career and family. Your activity level may have reflected this time in your life. From hiking, to swimming, martial arts, or many other sports. Now you may have limitations, specific needs, abilities, or disabilities that need to be considered.
You may have mobility problems and need to use a cane, walker, or even a power chair. You may also deal with symptoms like fatigue, muscle weakness, spasticity, spasms, and even depression. All of these MS symptoms can limit both the type and the amount of exercise you are able to do or even feel like doing.
When Cir was first diagnosed with MS, exercising was discouraged because of the possibility of overheating. One of the things doctors knew was that heat could cause an exacerbation or flare-up of many multiple sclerosis symptoms. For this reason they cautioned their patients against doing any form of exercise and suggested rest instead.
This caused many people with MS to drop out of the exercising circuit even if they'd been doing it for most of their lives. Unfortunately, now there are many people with multiple sclerosis who find it hard to get back into exercising. Inactivity may have caused atrophy of the muscles and weight gain.
What do doctors feel about exercising now? And how does exercise benefit MSers? Click here to go to Part 3 and find out.
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