One of the most common misconceptions about multiple sclerosis (MS) is that you cannot exercise, which is false. Actually, studies have shown that regular exercise can help reduce some of the symptoms associated with MS, from improving muscle strength to decreasing the risk of heart disease. Here are six things to keep in mind before you get in.
1. Start off slowly.
We’re not kidding. Take. It. Slow. Even if it means exercising for five to 10 minutes a day until you feel confident enough to step it up.
2. Stretch daily.
While some of us might be able to get away with not stretching before a workout, which is not recommend by the way, people with MS don’t have that option as involuntary muscle stiffness and/or spasms are common. To reduce these symptoms, set aside at least 10 to 15 minutes for stretching before you hit the gym. Even after your workouts, it doesn’t hurt to stretch several times throughout the day.
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