I think most everyone would agree that physical activity should be a part of everyone’s lives. For those of us living with a chronic condition that may affect mobility or cause extreme fatigue, it can be hard to find the motivation to make it a part of your life.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society states that a study published by researchers at the University of Utah, found that individuals with MS who participated in an aerobic exercise program benefited from: better cardiovascular fitness, improved strength, less fatigue and depression and a more positive attitude.
Yes, exercise can actually reduce fatigue!
Some day’s it is difficult for me to get out of bed – you know you’ve been there. You wake up feeling like you haven’t slept at all, your body feels like it weighs 1000 pounds and you can’t imagine walking down the stairs – never mind going to the gym!
I have those days often but I push through them because I know the end result will be worth it. I get up, I go to the gym, I lift heavy, I push myself hard and I admire my strength.
I never in a million years thought fitness would be the cornerstone of my life. When I got my MS diagnosis that all changed. I am determined to maintain and improve my physical and cognitive health, though fitness and proper nutrition.
It doesn’t matter what you do, lift weights, swim, yoga, run, just do something!