Exercise doesn't have to be a rigorous cardiovascular workout to provide benefits. Physical activity in general is beneficial and can include a variety of things most people can do. Additional studies have confirmed the benefits of exercise, including improvement in cognitive function and mood enhancement.
Inactivity in people with MS can result in numerous risk factors associated with coronary heart disease. In addition, it can lead to weakness of muscles, decreased bone density with an increased risk of fracture, and shallow, inefficient breathing.
An exercise program needs to fit the capabilities and limitations of the individual. It may need to be adjusted as changes occur in MS symptoms.
If you have osteoporosis, you might mistakenly think exercise will lead to fracture. In fact, though, using your muscles helps protect your bones.
Certain types of exercise strengthen muscles and bones, while other types are designed to improve your balance — which can help prevent falls.
Increase your muscle strength
Improve your balance
Decrease your risk of bone fracture
Maintain or improve your posture
Relieve or decrease pain
Exercising if you have osteoporosis means finding the safest, most enjoyable activities for you given your overall health and amount of bone loss.
An arthritis exercise regimen may be the last thing on your mind when you are tired and your joints ache, but it may be just what you need to ease pain and improve your energy level.
Exercise plays an important role in managing arthritis symptoms. But it may be hard to start or maintain an exercise program.