So You Want to Sweat? 8 Life Hacks for Staying Fit with MS

To quote one of our favourite lines from the movie Legally Blonde, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.”

It’s said that getting your blood pumping is a great way to boost your overall health and mood, but regular exercise is also a great way to manage symptoms of MS including fatigue, cognitive function and depression. We’ve discussed tips from trainers and avoiding gym drama, but what about the smart little ways you can make your workout work harder for you? Check out a few of our favourite hidden tricks you can use to create an efficient fitness routine.

1. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Here’s a two-in-one water bottle hack to keep you cool at the gym and hydrated during the day.

2. Want to quickly freshen up after working out? Stash a mini bottle of baby powder in your bag for touch ups.

3. After a long walk, run or hike, give your feet a special treat.

4. Need some motivation? Fill your smartphone library with your favourite weekly podcasts. It’s a great way to keep your mind engaged while also engaging your muscles!

5. Prevent new sneakers from irritating your feet by rubbing gel deodorant on blister zones.

6. Prefer the outdoors over a gym? Try exercising in the AM when it’s cooler.

7. Shake up your routine. Literally. (We won’t tell if you put one back and choose another.)

8. Why not reward yourself for your efforts? Tip yourself for every time you exercise and save up for a well-deserved treat. If you’re really into tracking your health, the Pact app combines cash stakes with achieving both health and fitness goals.

How else do you get the most out of your fitness routine? Share your ideas with us on our Facebook page using #MSLifeHacks.

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