Exercising with Early Stage Multiple Sclerosis
Without the right guidelines, many people head straight for the treadmill or the exercise bike. This seems logical but it’s not where your focus should be.
Don’t get me wrong; cardiovascular exercise is as important for somebody with MS as an individual without, but the areas which need most attention are strength and hypertrophy (a term used to describe increases in muscle mass).
Whether you have remit/relapse MS or progressive MS, the effects of both can be controlled to some degree with a good weight training regime to encourage muscle growth/maintenance and in turn strength gains/maintenance. I say gains/maintenance because at times you may be gaining strength & muscle mass and at other times it may be about limiting the loss of strength and muscle mass.