Five Reasons to Try Exercise
Are you still hesitant to try exercise? Here are five points that illustrate the low-risk nature:
Exercise is Cheap
In fact, most of the time it's free. Sure, you could spend thousands on the latest elliptical machine, weight training equipment or gym memberships – or you could lace up your most comfortable shoes and go for a walk outside.
No money down, no monthly fees, just you and your nearest park or sidewalk.
No Side Effects
Exercise has no side effects, except for a bit of soreness when you get started. Side effects of psychotropic MS drugs include dizziness, sedation, weight changes, sexual dysfunction, neurological side effects, cardiovascular problems, insomnia and raised anxiety.
Which sounds better to you?
Once patients learn effective exercise behaviors, they rely on health professionals less. This creates a feeling of independence and control for you.
Often, MS seems to take away your autonomy by making you dependent on other people and things. Increased independence can lead to a great emotional benefit.
Exercise is Readily Available
Popular non-drug therapies can be difficult to find due to high demand. Someone in need could have to commute hundreds of miles to find an available professional and, in a worst-case scenario; the patient could go without any treatment due to inconvenience. Exercise is endlessly available due to the ability you have to modify it for your needs. The only limit is your creativity.
Exercise has such positive physical benefits that it is worth trying even if it does little to improve your mental health. The holistic approach cannot be overstated here. If your mind is healthy, it will aid your body. If your body is healthier, it will aid your mind.