Multiple sclerosis, commonly referred to as MS, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system. MS is a result of the body’s natural immune system attacking its own nerves by destroying the myelin sheath, which is a protective substance that layers the outside of nerves in the central nervous system. This disrupts the ability of the nerves to properly transmit signals throughout the body. Those diagnosed with MS suffer from numbness in the limbs, physical weakness and fatigue, dizziness, double vision, lack of coordination, loss of bladder control, and even partial or complete loss of vision. Due to these conditions, it can be hard to stay motivated to exercise or to stay active. However, physical activity and movement is important when trying to control your MS. Finding that motivation is crucial. If you or someone you know is affected by MS, we encourage you to try the following tips for staying active.
Heat has been known to bother people with MS. It is worthwhile to make the extra effort to stay cool to avoid this irritant. Try exercising in the morning when it is cooler. If it’s summertime, try exercising indoors where it is air-conditioned. If you become overheated, there are several cooling vests or packs that can help you deal with the heat. Also, always remember to drink plenty of cold water when exercising.
Get in the Water
Speaking of staying cool, aquatic exercise can be a great option for someone with MS. Try giving water aerobics or swimming laps a chance. This will allow you to get some great exercise, increase your endurance and enjoy the benefits of being in the cool water.
Get Some Sleep
Fatigue is commonly considered one of the most interfering symptoms of MS, limiting daily activities. To try and combat this, make a sleeping schedule and really stick to it. Your body will get used to the routine. Also, remember to drink a lot of water during the day. The less dehydrated you feel, the more energy you will have.
Find an Exercise Friend
Having someone to exercise with not only helps make you accountable but also provides a social element that can be great therapy for your state of mind. Consider joining an exercise studio that specializes in group classes. Yoga, Pilates or spinning are great for groups. Instructors at these studios are very motivating. They also often have class “challenges,” such as attending a certain number of classes a month, which can help with motivation. If you can learn to have fun exercising, you will want to go back for more.
If you are suffering from multiple sclerosis, we may be able to help. Call New Life Medical Group at 866-892-6262 to book your consultation today!