There are different kinds of seizures.
- People usually don’t know when they are going to have a seizure.
- Seizures happen in your brain, but they cause your body to move.
- Seizures affect your whole body.
Exercise can lower the chance of a seizure.
- Exercise is a great way to lower stress.
- Lowering stress can decrease the chance of having a seizure.
- If you have seizures, you can still exercise and stay safe.
Talk to your doctor before starting new exercises.
- Your doctor will check your:
- General health
- The way you move
- Talk to your doctor about:
- Which exercises are best for you
- How to stay safe when exercising
Exercise with people who know about your seizures.
- Make sure your exercise partners know what to do if you have a seizure.
- Wear a bracelet or necklace with information about your seizures.
Exercise in a safe place.
- Make sure that there is help nearby if you have a seizure.
- Exercise on soft surfaces like grass or mats.
- Wear knee and elbow pads.
Be careful while swimming.
- Never swim alone.
- Go with good swimmers who can help you if you have a seizure.
- Always wear a life vest.
- Tell a lifeguard about your seizures.
Be careful while playing sports.
- If you play sports like football or hockey, wear a helmet.
Be careful while biking, hiking, or running.
- Stay away from busy streets and dangerous trails.
- Wear a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads.
- Let other people know where you are going.
Even though exercise is good, it can start a seizure.
- Don’t get really tired - take breaks often!
- Don’t exercise when it’s very hot.
- Don’t get overheated.
- Drink lots of water.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Eat healthy foods.
You can learn more about exercising and seizures.
- Living with Epilepsy
- Physical Fitness
- Epilepsy and Exercise
Last updated on March 26th, 2010