Exercising with Early Stage Multiple Sclerosis
Yes, a healthy heart and lungs is good for anyone, but with MS the real challenge lies in keeping the limbs and core strong enough to perform everyday tasks. The best way to do this is through weight training or what we call in the industry resistance training. Cardio will offer mild strength gains in the areas of the body which come under the most stress but lifting weights or resistance training will offer far better results when managing every day activities is your goal.
Again, the above is still too little information to really help someone who is just starting out. We need to look at what areas of the body to work, how to work them and how frequently to work them. Weight training can be done in many different ways to work towards many different targets. So we need to focus on using strength and muscle gain techniques in the gym or home or whatever environment you choose. What you do may also vary depending on which part of the body you’re working, and how much control you have over those muscles. I’ll try to make the following explanation as simple as possible.