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Jack’s Blog

Getting My “Om” On

The myth I hear the most about MS is that people with MS can’t or shouldn’t exercise. But, as I’ve learned, exercise is actually really important when you have MS. You just need to make sure you work with your doctor to find a type of exercise that’s right for you. Daily physical activity doesn’t have to be a chore or a snore. I look forward to things like hiking with my daughter Pearl and, after much convincing from my wife Lisa, I started to do yoga regularly. My doctors told me yoga is a good, low-impact workout that I can do to help with my relapsing-remitting MS. Since I’m always up for a challenge, and because Lisa kept telling me how great it was, I decided to give it a go!

Though MS affects each of us differently, I’ve learned that exercise is really helpful in managing many of my relapsing-remitting MS symptoms. Studies have shown the benefits of exercise in people with MS for things like cardiovascular fitness and strength. In fact, whether you have MS or not, not being active can be bad news. Inactivity can lead to a risk of heart disease and bone fracture and make your muscles weak. I strongly urge anyone living with MS to talk to their doctor and get moving!