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Exercise is beneficial for people with epilepsy, but many physicians still don’t encourage it


ILAE recommendations on exercise

Widespread misconceptions about exercise

Facing fears

  • Access to a safe and appropriate place to exercise, such as a gym or walking trail
  • Access and availability of group activities
  • Costs, for membership, lessons, transportation, or equipment
  • Depression and anxiety, which can make it difficult to initiate and continue exercise
  • Fear of being stigmatized by having a seizure in public

What types of activity are safe?

What the research shows

Multiple benefits

ILAE Task Force recommendations on exercise: A summary

  • People who are seizure free for at least 12 months, and those with resolved epilepsy, may participate in any type of exercise or physical activity.
  • Except those with exercise-induced reflex epilepsies, anyone with epilepsy may participate in Group 1 activities.
  • Most people with epilepsy may participate in Group 2 activities; some should consult a neurologist before starting.
  • Group 3 activities are generally barred for people with continuing seizures, but some activities may be considered, with restrictions, at a neurologist’s discretion.

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  • Posted on January 25, 2023