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

Our guide to exercise provides details on what considerations you should make with regards to any MS symptoms you may be experiencing before taking part in any strenuous movement, as well as helpful resources such as video walk-throughs and an exercise planning tracker. We have exercise information and accessible videos for a range of levels from easy, to moderate, to challenging, so that you can take part in the level that suits your own personal ability. 

Also, you can read about how other people in the MS community incorporate exercise into their lives on our blog posts - for example, Judith’s mountain biking adventures and Smita’s passion for weight-lifting. These inspiring first-hand accounts may give you the encouragement you need to implement exercise into your own daily routine and stay motivated to keep it up.

The importance of exercise

Overview: why is exercise important?

OMS incorporates exercise into its lifestyle program due to studies showing that exercise both 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 recovery program, 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. Even walking is an excellent way to exercise.

A list of exercise tips for MS

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

Useful OMS exercise pages

We have lots of helpful pages and resources that cover exercise tips and ideas - here we have picked out some of the most useful pages to help you increase your exercise level. This includes frequently asked questions, guided exercise videos, a specific exercise based podcast episode and a downloadable exercise planner to help you keep track of your exercise based goals. 

Exercise for all

jenny
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
Progressive MS

Research carried out 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
Bladder exercises

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
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 decide which muscles to stretch. 

cat back position
Strength 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, better stability and maintaining mobility that you can try out in the comfort of your own home.

exercise at home
Home exercise

In many countries around the world, where we can exercise is currently limited. In this blog we have put together some tips and suggestions of how to still continue to exercise while at home. 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?

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.

Julie Bates

Exercise blog posts

It can often be inspiring to read how others in the community are including exercise in their day-to-day lives. Take a look through our exercise specific blog posts, it may just give you the boost you need to start including more exercise in your daily life.