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Incorporating regular exercise and movement into your routine contributes to improving both physical and mental wellbeing, including helping with flexibility and strength. This is particularly crucial for people with MS, so it is important to find exercise that works for you and that you enjoy. We would like to support you to embrace cardio and strength or resistance training with confidence at a level that is right for you.

Whether your MS symptoms affect your balance, coordination, bladder, spasticity or strength, there are adapted exercises you can try from the comfort of your own home which can help alleviate uncomfortable symptoms and keep your body healthy. In both the short term and long term, exercise can have a significantly positive impact on your MS.

The Importance Of Exercise

Overview: why is exercise important?

OMS incorporates exercise into its lifestyle program due to studies showing that exercise improves mood and general well-being in people with MS as well as fitness and function. 

Considerations when exercising with MS

Exercise is a key part of the OMS program and you should pick whatever form you enjoy and works for you. It is, of course, important to consider your MS symptoms when planning and undertaking workouts of any kind.

What are my exercise options?

If you can do it without difficulty, we recommend at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise three to five days a week. However if this is too much, don’t be discouraged. There are lots of way of incorporate movement into your day.

A list of exercise tips for MS

Here are some tips to help you understand how different exercise styles help with different MS symptoms

Exercise for all

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Exercising with MS balance symptoms

Whether you suffer from vertigo or feel unsteady on your feet because of poor coordination and/or muscle weakness, this can have a significant impact on your day-to-day life. Although exercising can help, we tend to feel nervous or apprehensive when our balance is poor.

exercising with progressive MS

Exercising with progressive MS

Research indicates that exercise has a beneficial impact on cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, fatigue and general quality of life for those living with progressive MS. So it's really important to develop and maintain an exercise regime.

Bladder exercises

How exercise can help your bladder symptoms

No, exercise is not a miraculous cure for everything, and doing 10 yoga triangle poses a day will not solve all your problems. But yoga does offer useful tools to keep your pelvic floor and bladder healthy.

Stretches for spasticity

Stretches for spasticity

Spasticity might affect your ability to exercise but the good news is that stretching can help decrease the impact of spasticity. Understanding some basic principles will help you decide which muscles to stretch. 

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Strength and mobility core exercises

It makes sense to ensure that a building is set on solid foundations before adding any extensions. The same logic applies to your body. All day, our bodies are fighting gravity. Here is a list of some exercises for helping improve strength, achieve better stability and maintain mobility that you can try out in the comfort of your own home.

exercise at home

Exercise at home

In many countries around the world, where we can exercise is currently limited. With swimming pools, gyms and fitness classes all on pause for the time being, how can we still maintain our recommended exercise while at home? In this podcast episode we look at some tips and suggestions for how to manage this.

Wheelchair exercises

Chair exercises

Exercising with MS can be a challenge, and even more so if you are in a wheelchair, but it is vital for your health. If MS has limited your mobility, you can experience the numerous benefits that exercise can bring by choosing the right exercises for you. Exercise can improve your MS symptoms, relieve stress and boost your mood.

Dr Gretchen

Four ways to modify any exercise

"I’m a firm believer that anyone with MS, no matter what level of mobility they possess, can exercise. What makes me so confident? I know all the different ways modifications are possible!" - Dr Gretchen Hawley