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Multiple sclerosis (MS) a disease that affects the central nervous system.  Some of the common symptoms of MS include muscle weakness and spasms, tremors and fatigue. Due to these conditions, it can be hard to stay motivated to exercise or stay active. However, physical activity and movement can be so 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.

Avoid Heat

Heat has been known to bother someone 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, try to 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.

Make 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, that can help with motivation.  If you can learn to have fun exercising, you want to go back for more.

Premier Point Home Health’s care plans fully support patients’ individual needs, help to prevent hospital readmissions, and allow patients to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.  Call us at (773) 275-8390 to schedule an in-person consultation.

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