These multiple sclerosis exercises with help with balance and mobility
In order to increase your level of fitness and enhance your strength, balance, and coordination, it’s important to learn some of the best multiple sclerosis exercises. Studies have proven that aerobic exercise can help those with multiple sclerosis (MS) improve their bladder and bowel functions, bone health, cardiovascular fitness, cognitive functions, fatigue, and mood, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).
Simple exercise may not be as easy for those with MS, a demyelinating disease where the immune system destroys the protective covers that surround nerve cells and impairs signals between the brain and the body. This causes a variety of symptoms such as physical, mental, and occasionally psychological issues.
If you have MS, try to consider practicing some of these multiple sclerosis exercises below. Just make sure to consult a doctor before committing to any kind of physical activities.
Water MS Exercises
People with MS can benefit greatly from the special properties of water, which include loosening up stiff muscles and increasing flexibility. Exercising in water is easy and comfortable while maintaining a cool body temperature. Swimming, water aerobics, or water walking are all great options for a safe cardio workout. It’s important that the pool temperature should not exceed 84 degrees Fahrenheit for patients with MS.
Lower Body MS Exercises
Working out the quads, hamstrings, and glutes will help build or maintain strength for maintaining balance, standing, and walking, all while maintaining muscular endurance. Wall squats can help with improving leg and glute strength. Something as simple as repetitions of sitting and standing can aid with everyday activities like getting out of bed or using the restroom. Another great multiple sclerosis exercise are leg extensions, which can be done easily on a chair.
Upper Body MS Exercises
Focusing on primary upper body muscles (biceps, triceps, deltoids, pectorals) will increase or maintain the strength of those muscles. Using free weights, your own body weight, or even resistance bands while practicing shoulder presses can be very significant to enhancing your overall health.
Every day is different for those with MS. We hope the multiple sclerosis exercises mentioned above can help aid in overcoming some of the potential obstacles brought on by the disease’s unpredictability.