Multiple Sclerosis

Exercising with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be difficult. But increasing your activity levels can help to build muscle strength, improve mobility, balance and coordination, maintain a healthy heart and lungs, help with weight management, lift your mood and boost your energy levels. So, with all these benefits, it’s worth trying to find a way to exercise that fits in with your life.

If you don’t like the thought of exercising, think about increasing your activity levels instead. Exercise is more than just exercise programmes. Moving as much as possible is the key. If you can make exercise part of something that you enjoy (for example, exercising to music or exercising with friends), this might be a lot easier.

Exercise and fatigue

If you suffer from fatigue, it can be very tempting to avoid exercise altogether. But as strange as it sounds, increasing your activity levels actually helps to prevent fatigue in the longer term by making your muscles as efficient as possible. Don’t try to ‘push through’ fatigue or to avoid resting; instead try slowly and gently increasing your activity levels and noticing the impact on your fatigue.