Since it’s so important to exercise with MS, how do you help a patient who doesn’t like exercise get started?

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Since it’s so important to exercise with MS, how do you help a patient who doesn’t like exercise get started?

I remind them that exercise doesn’t have to be boring or a chore. Take a class at a community center or gym so you get to be social. Try exercise videos at home if you don’t want to go to a gym.

If you feel like you’re short on time, you can get exercise from your daily activities—shopping, gardening, housework, walking the dog—anything you can do to stay active

Staying motivated is often the hardest part of exercising or staying engaged in physical therapy. I think it’s important for a patient to find something meaningful that makes him or her want to get back to exercise and stay exercising.

For some people, it’s working out with a friend. For others, it’s doing something they love like dancing or gardening

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