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 learn more from our MS Living Well Education sessions

Many community organisations, community health centres, hospitals, neighbourhood houses and local councils operate exercise groups, with some offering remote classes. 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).

Due to social distancing requirements, our face-to-face activities have been postponed until further notice, we are doing the best we can to minimise risk of COVID-19 spread and protect the health of everyone we work with and for. We offer various exercise programs by webinar. Check out the Upcoming Programs.

Webinar Recordings

Exercise and MS - What you need to do, why and how to do it

Do you want to know the best forms of exercise for someone living with MS? Join our expert MS Exercise Physiologist, Eric Morales as he discusses exactly what exercise you need to do, why and how to do it. He will also look at some of the issues and difficulties people with MS face when exercising and give you great advice as to how to overcome these obstacles. Research shows exercise is one of the most helpful things you can do to manage MS, so let’s help you get on track.. (Recorded 24 March 2022)

Webinar handouts: Exercise and MS - What you need to do, why and how to do it

Exercise Physiologists - Your New Best Friends: Tailoring an Exercise Plan for Wellness

An Exercise Physiologist is an allied health professional equipped with the knowledge and skills to evaluate, design and deliver effective exercise interventions for a wide range of medical conditions, injuries and disabilities. This important member of your healthcare team might become your best friend. Tasha Babet is an exercise physiologist in the MS Gym in Lidcombe, Sydney. Join us to find out more about the benefits of connecting with an Exercise Physiologist. (Recorded 18 August 2021)

Webinar handouts: Exercise Physiologists - Your New Best Friends


Keep Active at Home 

Want to keep active at home in a safe and practical manner? Join MS Senior Physiotherapist, Jennifer Pietersz for this important webinar. Jennifer will provide information about the prevalence of falls in multiple sclerosis, factors which contribute to falls and lastly, and most importantly, the safest ways to exercise while at home. (Recorded 31 March 2021)
(Note: Due to internet issues during recording, there is an interruption to the audio for about 30 seconds at minute 34. Please refer to slide #41 in the handout below for any missed information.)  

Webinar handouts: Keep Active at Home, Exercise Physiology Telehealth Information, MS and Exercise: A Literature Review

Get Active with Multiple Sclerosis - Exercise during COVID-19

What is the best form of exercise for people living with multiple sclerosis to do at home? Caitlin Ireland, MS Exercise Physiologist will take us through the benefits of exercise for people with multiple sclerosis, the best types of exercises to pursue, the barriers that sometimes stop us exercising and how to overcome them. (Recorded 22 April 2020)

Webinar handouts: Get Active with Multiple Sclerosis - Exercise during COVID-19 


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