Working out can be an excellent way of building strength, boosting your mood, and increasing your endurance. However, people with seizures might be wondering whether or not it is safe for them to exercise. The good news is that it is still possible to work out if you have seizures now and then. All you need to do is follow these helpful tips.
Follow Recommendations to Manage Your Seizures
You may want to talk to your doctor about what you can do to reduce the chances of seizures. Try to be aware of triggers, such as a lack of sleep, and do what you can to avoid encountering triggers. Because seizures affect your body’s senses and awareness take prescribed medication on time every day. Of course, there are also other things that are recommended (and are even not allowed to be done) if you suffer from seizures, such as driving. In this case, you might want to adapt your workout to stay at or in the vicinity of your home, or have some reliable form of transportation to your gym.
Find the Right Type of Exercise
Many people with seizures find that their workouts can bring on a seizure. If this happens, you do not have to let it scare you away from exercise altogether. Instead, just try switching to some other form of exercise. Carefully pick forms of exercise that are not dangerous if you have a seizure during them. Good options include walking, lifting smaller weights, yoga, and swimming.
Use Protective Gear
No matter how many preventative measures you may take, there is always the chance of some sort of seizure happening while you are exercising. Take the time to prepare for the worst, so you will not injure yourself badly if something happens. Protect your head with a helmet, use elbow pads and knee pads, wear a life vest while swimming, and workout on a padded mat.
Workout With a Buddy
If possible, always workout with someone who can help you if a seizure occurs. Let them know the signs of a seizure and tell them how they can assist you if one happens. This is particularly important when doing things like weight lifting that may be unsafe alone. A buddy can help to take over during the exercise if necessary. If you workout at a public gym, you may want to alert staff before you begin.
With the right planning and preparation, it is possible to stay physically fit even if you have seizures. You can avoid many seizure triggers by always exercising while well rested and fed, and protective gear can prevent any injuries when seizures do happen. The benefits of exercise definitely outweigh the risks for most people with seizures.