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The power of exercise

I’ve been trying my best to do about 30 minutes of cardio five days a week. That amount is the current recommendation of health experts. I’m doing it mostly so I can lose weight. I haven’t lost any yet, but much to my surprise, being more active has reduced my MS-related fatigue. And I hesitate to say it, but I think I’ve been tolerating the heat better too.

Exercise balls, resistance bands, and a yoga mat
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I didn’t know that exercise could relieve fatigue until I saw a video by a YouTuber who said it did just that for her. I wasn’t able to find the video in my history, so I wonder if she took it down. I’ll post it here if I ever find it.

I decided to see if there is any research supporting the idea that exercise lessens MS fatigue. There is some! I’ve listed three studies below.

Studies on MS and exercise

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Regular exercise is important for many reasons. It’s especially crucial to stay active if you have a chronic illness.

5 benefits of exercise. 1. Helps control your weight. 2. Prevents or manages illness. 3. Improves your mood. 4. Boosts energy. 5. Promotes better sleep. Source: Mayoclinic - https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389
From Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity

You don’t have to join a gym, just go on daily walks, sign up for online fitness videos, or try games like Wii Fit. So keep exercising, and don’t forget to eat a healthy diet. And of course, always listen to your body and don’t push yourself too hard. Also, check with your doctor if you’re not sure you should jump into a fitness routine.

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