Exercise

Regular recreation, active living and a personalised exercise program can help you to live well with multiple sclerosis.

Regular physical activity can benefit everyone — not just people living with multiple sclerosis. It can help to manage some of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and decrease the effects of physical inactivity.

Before you start a new fitness exercise program you should consult your doctor to discuss appropriate exercise precautions.

Exercise provides all sorts of benefits, including:
  • reduced fatigue
  • increased stamina and fitness
  • improved flexibility of your joints
  • better coordination and balance
  • enhanced muscle strength and tone
  • management of mild spasticity (muscle stiffness)
  • improved posture and reduced back and neck pain
  • better blood pressure and decreased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and osteoporosis
  • elevates your mood and reduces stress and depression
  • builds self-confidence and sense of wellbeing
  • increases alertness and concentration
  • opportunity for social interaction and support.

You can read more in our Exercise and multiple sclerosis information sheet.

You can learn more from our MS Living Well Education sessions

Many community organisations, community health centres, hospitals, neighbourhood houses and local councils operate exercise groups. If you want to talk to one of our MS Specialists about exercise options in your region, please contact MS Connect™ (Freecall 1800 042 138 or email msconnect@ms.org.au).

Get Active - Preventing Falls


Download MS Webinar Notes - Preventing Falls (PDF). (Recorded Aug 2016)

Get Active with MS - The Benefits of Exercise


Jacolyn Harris, MS Consultant Physiotherapist, explains the benefits of exercise, gives exercise guidelines for people with multiple sclerosis and encourages everyone to get active. (Recorded Nov 2016)

Webinar handout: Get Active with MS - Exercise

Get Active with MS - focus on balance

This session is led by MS physiotherapists and has a special focus on understanding and managing issues with balance. (Recorded Feb 2015)


Get Active with MS Webinar - General Exercise

This webinar, aimed at people with multiple sclerosis who are interested in exploring exercise, is led by the MS Physiotherapists, and will give you advice about ways to get more physically active, increase fitness levels and build strength. It is not an exercise class!

We will also discuss the programs known to MS as well as guide you through the steps of finding or starting a program that suits you. (Recorded Feb 2013)

Learn more about our Get Active education programs

MS exercise classes in NSW

We offer some exercise classes in some parts of NSW. For more information, please contact MS Connect™ (Freecall 1800 042 138 or email msconnect@ms.org.au).

Studdy MS Centre gym

We have a physiotherapy-based gym at our Studdy MS Centre in Lidcombe NSW. We can work with you to develop an individual program tailored to your needs and abilities.

Our Stretch and Strength and Independent programs are available as a home-based exercise program or at our Studdy MS Centre Gym.

Please MS Connect (Freecall 1800 042 138 or email msconnect@ms.org.au) for a referral to see a Physiotherapist who will create a tailored program to suit your needs.

Iyengar yoga

Iyengar Yoga can assist to minimise your symptoms. The poses (asanas) can be adapted to suit the needs of people living with multiple sclerosis with all levels of ability.

Yoga can help improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Concentrating on the postures and breath could also act as a powerful form of meditation that could enhance alertness. The regulated breathing helps promote mind and body relaxation, reduces muscle tension and can help manage fatigue and stress.

Classes are held at:

  • Studdy MS Centre, Lidcombe — 10–11am and 11am–12pm Wednesdays
  • Lanecove — 11am–12pm Mondays
  • Marrickville — 10.30–11.30am DAY

Strength maximising

Our strength maximising classes are run locally by a physiotherapist or a qualified and accredited personal fitness trainer. Classes are designed to improve muscle strength, balance and physical stamina, with the added benefits of enhanced sense of wellbeing and an opportunity to have fun. Group locations and times may vary according to demand.

  • East Gosford, Lions Community Hall — 10.30am Wednesdays
  • Chatswood, Early learning centre — 10am–11am Wednesdays, upper limb class 11am–12pm Wednesdays

Dance for Health

Dance for Health is a program designed especially for people with movement challenges, based on the three main pillars of human needs: physical, psychological and social. It’s designed to help you restore body/mind balance and combat ill-health. Chairs are provided and you can go at your own pace.

We will be offering Dance for Health sessions in a 10 week block at the MS Studdy Centre, Lidcombe from 18 July to 19 September 2016. These sessions may be funded by the NDIS in the near future.

All are welcome to trial a session free of charge.
Following this, the cost is $15 per session.

Contact MS Connect  on 1800 042 138 to register.
 

MS Moves

MS Moves is a community based physical activity program which aims to help everyone with multiple sclerosis in our community.

126 Avoca Road, Wakeley

Download the flyer for more information
 

Community exercise classes in Victoria

For more information, please contact MS Connect™ (Freecall 1800 042 138 or email msconnect@ms.org.au).

Heartmoves

Heartmoves is a program run through the Australian Heart Foundation that offers low to moderate intensity workouts for people who want to keep fit and active. We work with Heartmoves to keep them abreast of the exercise needs of people living with multiple sclerosis.

Programs operate in a variety of venues such as fitness centres, clubs and community halls. For details about nearby classes, call 03 9693 9777, email heartmoves@ymca.org.au, or visit www.heartmoves.org.au




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