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Exercise is essential to general health and well-being, and can be helpful for most people with MS. Benefits include better cardiovascular fitness, bladder and bowel function, less fatigue and depression, and a more positive attitude. An exercise program needs to be appropriate to the capabilities and limitations of the individual. Scholarships are available.
- Yoga - Yoga involves a series of poses that are held to increase flexibility, strength and balance. Yoga is very beneficial for people with MS because it can be adapted to an individual’s ability and is shown to improve muscle tone and balance, and to reduce muscle spasms. There are many types of yoga. Work with the instructors below to find a form of yoga that works well for you.
- Tai Chi - Tai Chi is a series of passive movements that is characterized by upright postures, restorative breathing and moderate full-range movement. Tai Chi can be performed both while sitting or standing. It has been shown to improve balance, relieve stress, improve focus and muscle tone. Classes are filled with deep breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, and slow, gentle movements.
- Aquatics - The unique qualities of water provide exceptional benefits to people with MS. Water helps people with MS move in ways they may not be able to on land. The cooler water of a pool can help regulate body temperature, the buoyancy of the water can promote relaxation and increase your range of motion, the resistance of the water can allow you to improve muscle strength and work on balance. It has also been shown to improve mood, decrease depression, and provide you with a social network amongst those in your aquatics class.
- Personal Training - There are many possible exercise programs for people with MS. They may include stretching exercises, walking, running, swimming, and a range of other exercises that may be appropriate for all levels of physical functioning. The specific type of exercise program that is best depends on the individual. Each person with MS has specific strengths and weaknesses, and these must be taken into account when developing an exercise program. Personal trainers can help you set up a customized fitness program that meets your goals and teaches you the best way to exercise.
Other Wellness Options - In addition to being essential to general health and well-being, exercise is helpful in managing many MS symptoms. People with MS who participate in an aerobic exercise program are shown to have better cardiovascular fitness, improved strength, better bladder and bowel function, less fatigue and depression, a more positive attitude, and increased participation in social activities. Make sure to cater your exercise program to your needs. The instructors below can work with you towards this goal.
- B.fit - an innovative, outpatient wellness program for adults with multiple sclerosis and other advanced neurological diseases