Q. Is exercise really that important for MS, and why? I hate exercising, and when I feel tired and crampy I feel more like resting than torturing my body even more.
A. First, let me provide you with the reasons that exercise is important for people with MS and then let me address your specific concerns. The overall answer is that exercise is probably the most important therapy for MS and serves as the platform for all other treatment modalities.
This being said, some people have difficulty initiating and continuing exercise programs for reasons both related and unrelated to their MS. Since the perceived barriers to exercise are almost too numerous to list, I find it far easier to list some core principles to follow:
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego
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