January 13, 2021

Can You Exercise With Epilepsy?

Lifestyle & Wellness

Studies show that people with epilepsy exercise less than others. But for many people exercise and epilepsy can be safe. Find out more in our exercise and epilepsy blog.

Working out provides many benefits – it helps you feel good, look good and reduces the risk of illness.

However, studies show that people with epilepsy exercise less than others. That’s a shame, because with the right preparation and clearance from your epilepsy team, people with epilepsy are able to participate in a variety of sports and other exercises.

So, lace up your sneakers and find out about exercising safely with epilepsy!

Benefits of exercise and epilepsy

For many people exercise and epilepsy is usually safe and may have benefits. These include:

- May reduce frequency of seizures – some studies suggest that people who exercise regularly have seizures less often
- It may keep your bones strong
- It can help you lose weight, which may reduce the chance of other illnesses
- It may improve your mental health

How to exercise safely with epilepsy

Here are ways that may make it safer when you are exercising and activities you might participate in:

- Wear protective gear when needed
- Avoid over-exertion and stop if you feel too tired
- Make sure your coach or other players know what to do if you have a seizure
- Keep hydrated and eat a couple of hours before working out
- Avoid high risk activities like skiing, ‘extreme sports’ and water sports
- Other sports like tennis and golf, or even contact sports can be safe with the proper gear
- Exercises, like yoga, stretching and walking are generally safe

Discuss any plans with your doctor before starting or restarting any exercise. With some guidance and education, you can get all the benefits and enjoyment of doing your favorite exercise.