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The Power of Resistance Training in Managing multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a challenging neurological condition that affects millions worldwide. While there is no cure, there are strategies to manage its symptoms and improve quality of life. One such strategy gaining recognition is resistance training, a form of exercise that involves working against a force to build muscle strength.

What is Resistance Training?

Resistance training, also known as strength training or weight training, involves moving your limbs or other body parts against resistance provided by weights, resistance bands, or even your own body weight. This type of exercise targets specific muscle groups, helping to improve strength, endurance, and muscle mass.

The Importance of Resistance Training in MS Management:

  • Strength and Mobility: MS can cause muscle weakness and fatigue, making everyday tasks challenging. Resistance training helps strengthen muscles, improving mobility and reducing the risk of falls.
  • Bone Health: Resistance training is known to improve bone density, reducing the risk of fractures.
  • Mood and Mental Health: Exercise, including resistance training, can boost mood and alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, which can be common in people with MS.
  • Fatigue Management: While it may seem counterintuitive, regular exercise, including resistance training, can actually reduce fatigue and increase energy levels in individuals with MS.

Getting Started with Resistance Training:

  • Consult with a Healthcare Professional: Before starting any exercise program, it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider or physiotherapist.
  • Start Slow: Begin with light weights or resistance bands, focusing on proper form and gradually increasing the intensity as you build strength.
  • Choose the Right Exercises: Focus on exercises that target major muscle groups, such as squats, lunges, and bicep curls. Consider working with a physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist or Exercise Scientist to develop a personalised exercise plan.
  • Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to how your body responds to exercise. If you experience pain or extreme fatigue, stop and consult with your healthcare provider.

Resistance training is a valuable tool in managing MS, offering numerous physical and mental health benefits. By incorporating this form of exercise into your routine, you can improve your strength, mobility, and overall quality of life. 

Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise program, especially if you have a medical condition like MS.


All information is general and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.


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