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9 Proven Ways Exercise Can Help Manage MS

Staying active can start a positive-feedback loop: Fewer symptoms of multiple sclerosis mean more opportunity to do all the things you love to do.

By K. Aleisha Fetters
Verena Frydberg

11 Exercises for People with SPMS

This plan was developed specifically for people with secondary progressive MS (our fitness model Verena, included!), and each move can be done while sitting in a chair or wheelchair. No gym required!

By Kristen Domonell, M.S., RYT
4 MS exercise illustrations - Bird Dog, Clamshell, Glute Bridge, and Sit-to-Stand

10 Best Strength Exercises for MS

Ready to work it?! Adding a few strength-training moves to your daily routine gives you a powerful way to help manage the physical symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

By K. Aleisha Fetters
Happy young woman stretching for exercise.

Exercise Like Your Brain Depends on It

There’s a new reason we should all be working out regularly. A recent study found that physical fitness also helps us problem-solve and make smarter decisions.

By Stephanie Stephens
woman doing yoga at sunset

What People With Bipolar Disorder Need to Know About Exercise

The relationship between working out and bipolar disorder isn’t straightforward. And sometimes, exercise is the opposite of what’s safe. We’ve got the facts on how to keep your body—and mind—as healthy as possible.

By Christine Coppa
Smiling woman in kickboxing class.

HealthCentral Tries It: Kickboxing With RA

One of our very own RA patient contributors tries kickboxing and finds out that you can 100 percent do kickboxing with rheumatoid arthritis.

By Emil DeAndreis
Gym group doing kettle push-ups.

How to Avoid Exercise-Triggered Eczema Flares

Exercise is great for your body, but it can wreak havoc on your skin if you have eczema. Here's how to keep skin irritation to a minumum while working out.

By Rachel Zohn
Woman performing pilates.

The Pilates Exercises That Improve Sleep

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, this stretching and strengthening workout can help you get the rest you need.

By Martin Reed
People lifting kettle weights at a gym image.

The Unspoken Rules at the Gym

Whether you’re running on a treadmill or attending a yoga class, there are a few etiquette things you should know.

By Stephanie Stephens
A woman stretches in her kitchen while looking at her laptop.

Thrifty Home Fitness Tips for RA

Staying fit with rheumatoid arthritis doesn't require expensive classes or gym memberships. Try these easy, budget-friendly ways to stay fit from home.

By Marianna Paulson, B.Ed., B.P.E.-O.R.