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How Can Exercise Help People Who Have Multiple Sclerosis?

by: Guillermo G. Martinez and Len Kravitz, PhD

Research

Studies show mild-to-moderate workouts ease the strain of living with MS.

As a personal trainer, you may recognize this scenario: “Mary” is a fictional 30-year-old woman who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis soon after her 21st birthday. She is often tired in the morning, even when she gets a full night’s worth of restful sleep, which is rare. The fatigue is unpredictable, gets worse throughout the day and tends to be triggered easily. Muscle spasms and weakness in her legs make it difficult for her to walk long distances.

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IDEA Fitness Journal , Volume 10, Issue 5

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About the Authors

Guillermo G. Martinez IDEA Author/Presenter

Len Kravitz, PhD

Len Kravitz, PhD IDEA Author/Presenter

Len Kravitz, PhD, is the program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he recently won the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. Len w...