How to create an exercise plan
Exercise is vital for everyone, but if you have MS there is direct evidence that shows that exercise can help.
- In people with mild MS - improve fitness and function
- In people experiencing moderate to severe disability - maintains function
- In people with significant disability - improves muscle power and mobility-related activities, such as walking
OMS recommends, if you can, try to aim for 30 minutes of exercise, three to five times a week. You can download your own exercise planner here.
Creating an exercise plan has to fit around your schedule, your ability and your goals. Your plan should be personal and reflect what is achievable for you.
Where possible, when creating your plan try to include both aerobic and strength training exercises as this will help to improve both your fitness and strength.
If you are fairly new to the exercise world then it is important to remember to start slow and work your way up. Don't be too ambitious! This is likely to end in you not enjoying your exercise and put you off continuing.
We have plenty of guided exercise videos available here. They include exercise for all levels, and are great for getting some inspiration.
You could also take a look at this blog: A list of exercise tips for your MS. It includes different aerobic training suggestions as well as tips to up your endurance.
It is always important to have a reason for doing exercise and understanding why it is benefitting you. As well as being great for our mental health, exercise has many health benefits for pwMS. Read more here.