How to Be Physically Active When You Have Seizure


Generally, exercise is good for everybody. Regular exercise improves fitness, energy, mood and relieves stress. It also promotes your overall health in the way that helps reduce seizures and its side effects.

Exercise and seizures

Some studies have shown that it is rare for seizures patients have seizures while exercising. Moreover, those who do exercising will be able to control seizure trigger in the brain. This is because the abnormalities on EEG (electroencephalogram) will significantly decrease during exercise, which reduces the risk of having seizures.
Fitness and good mood are shown to help reduce seizure. Regular exercise can make you feel better and improve your seizure management. As well, common risk factors of seizures such as muscle pains, sleep problems, depression or fatigue will be reduced.
Some specific diseases related to the lack of exercise include cardiovascular disease, diabetes or hypertension can anytime worsen your seizures.
It is advisable that being active and maintaining a healthy diet work for your seizures.

Exercise safety notes

Before starting exercising, there are some safety notes which should be considered:
  • You should consult doctors before starting new exercise programs.
  • Understand what can trigger your seizure and find ways to avoid seizure triggers.
  • Always take your medication as prescribed.
  • Remember to be well-hydrated. You should also drink or eat something with sugar added.
  • Stop doing exercise when you feel faint, light-headed, nausea or dehydrated.
  • Know your limit to avoid overexert yourself.
  • Wear appropriate protective equipment, such as helmet, knee pads or life jacket if you involve in water sports.
  • Inform your family members or your friends when going out for playing sports, jogging or walking.

What types of exercise can you do?

The easiest and safest exercise for most people is to join a gym or go jogging. Yoga, tai chi are other great ways to workout. But if you find these not interesting, consider other activities such as swimming, badminton or basketball. However, it is important to seek advice from your doctor if you want to engage in: motorsports, horseback riding, gymnastics, ice activities, skiing, solo water, contact sports, scuba diving, bungee jumping, and boxing.
Having seizure does not mean you cannot engage in such activities. As long as you understand that seizure makes you difficult to control, you may find out what fits you most.
Discuss your sports aspirations with your doctor. With adequate planning and precautions, you can take part in a wide range of activities. It is better to have your friends or your family with you. But if you are alone, remember to:
  • Inform your teammates or your coach about your seizures.
  • Let them know what to do when you have seizures.
  • Bring along necessary medications or first aid when you go out.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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