Epilepsy is a disease that is known to man for many centuries. In layman’s terms, this disease simply called ‘Fits’ while in medical terminology it is known as Epilepsy. Epilepsy is a very common problem in the world.
In a simple word, we can understand that Epilepsy is a neurological illness or illness of the brain. The communication or information exchange between different parts of the brain occurs through electric current. There are billions of wires that connect billions of neurons and make this fast and continuous communication possible, if at any point in time there is a short circuit at some point then that particular part of the brain or sometimes the whole brain stops working temporarily, this phenomenon is called epileptic fit. Some of the patients lose awareness during this time for 1 or 2 minutes, they may not respond to the bystander’s command, and after the fit is over they regained their consciousness level. There are two main types of seizures: Minor epileptic fit and Major Epileptic fit. In a minor epileptic fit patient may stop talking abruptly for a minute and so become normal as they were immediate once the fit is over, the patient himself is not aware of this small pause. If this attack becomes severe then the patient may lose consciousness and the whole body may star jerking vigorously it would then be called a major epileptic fit.
The patients’ sufferings from epilepsy are advised to exercise to achieve better health.
How can exercise help epilepsy?
Exercise helps people to improve fitness, energy, and also relieves stress. If you have epilepsy, then the exercise helps to reduce the number of seizures and impact on people. As we know that stress is a common trigger for seizures exercise may help to prevent it. We make a list of some exercise that works wonder for epilepsy patients.
Yoga is an exercise in which we move our bodies in different positions for meditation and relaxation. Yoga doesn’t just increase your strength and flexibility but also best practices to induce relaxation and stress reduction. There are various types of yoga involving asanas, pranayama, and meditation. The practice of a simple form of yoga reduces stress and EEG changes in people suffering from epilepsy.
Swimming is a great exercise for people of all ages. It provides you a low impact workout and also a good way to relax and feel good. Regular swimming for people with epilepsy can improve epileptic control. There are precautions you should take, such as never swim alone, avoid busy public sessions, an observer with you all times, swim in the outside lane, etc.
Walking is an exercise which doesn’t need any type of equipment. You just start your exercise by walking around the block or even your house around regularly. People with epilepsy have an increased rate of cardiovascular disease, emphysema, and obesity, and walking ward off heart disease, which brings up the heart rate and strength the heart.
Playing volleyball will improve your mental health and build coordination, balance, and speed. It is great for your bone and overall fitness.
Basketball is still a great workout that can help in improving balance and coordination, develop concentration, and build endurance. Many people with controlled epilepsy can start this game but be sure to discuss it with your doctor.
6. Muscle Flex
Stretching exercise can increase muscle mass, improve heart function, coordination, improve balance, and also increase energy. People with epilepsy can use weight equipment, handheld weight, and resistance bands.