Physical activity is an evidence-based approach for improving symptoms and slowing disease progression among person with multiple sclerosis (MS). Benefits of health-promoting physical activity include improvements in cognitive functioning, mobility, depression, fatigue, and quality of life. Our presentation will go beyond outlining the benefits of physical activity for persons with MS and provide educational content regarding physical activity guidelines and prescription as well as current approaches for promoting physical activity across the MS disease spectrum. We will provide guidance from health care practitioners and researchers on strategies for integration of physical activity into comprehensive MS care settings. Finally, we will outline future directions of physical activity, specifically innovative training modalities and subpopulations that experience health disparities.
Facilitate knowledge translation about guidelines for exercise and physical activity across the disability spectrum in MS
Describe evidence-based approaches for meeting physical activity guidelines for adults with mild-moderate MS
Describe an emerging evidence-based approach for meeting physical activity guidelines for adults with severe MS
Understand a conceptual and practice based model for exercise promotion in comprehensive MS care through health care providers