It’s no secret that exercise has a range of benefits for health and wellbeing, including improved quality of life, lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and other diseases, improved mental health, stronger bones and muscles, better sleep and improved mental cognition and alertness. Exercise has also been shown to help some of the symptoms of MS. Studies in people with MS have found that:
- Exercise training twice a week can improve aerobic fitness and strength, which can help improve mobility and movement, fatigue and quality of life2
- Strength training can improve muscle strength, gait, mood, fatigue, disease progression, functioning, falls and quality of life3
- Resistance and endurance training over 6 months can increase strength and aerobic fitness as well as a brain protein that is important for brain health.4
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- Pilutti LA, et al. J Neurol Sci. 2014;343:3-7.
- Latimer-Cheung AE, et al. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Sep;94(9):1800-1828.
- Cruickshank TM, et al. Medicine 2015;94:e411.
- Wens I, et al. Eur J Neurol. 2016;23(6):1028-35.