Exercise can help ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), but it’s important to take certain precautions if you want your exercise program to be successful. The most important thing to remember is to not overdo it.
You may have heard the principles “stretch till it hurts” or “feel the burn” as they relate to exercise, but those approaches are counterproductive for people with MS. If you overdo it, you can end up straining an already compromised muscular system, increasing pain, and causing your body and mind to become overstressed, overworked, and overtired.
Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. He or she might make recommendations about:
Some people with MS are sensitive to heat, which means they notice that their symptoms either reappear or become worse when their body temperature rises. An increase in body temperature occurs when you exercise. Here are some tips to avoid overheating:
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