Regular physical exercise improves fitness, energy and mood, which in turn helps reduce seizures and the impact of epilepsy on one’s life. Moreover, exercise releases feel-good hormones into the brain and increases oxygen flow to the brain.
- Do warm up and stretching exercises daily to feel more relaxed.
- Walking is one of the easiest and safest exercises that people with epilepsy should do. Walk for 45 minutes, at least 4 times a week.
- Swimming and other water sports can be great exercise.
- Gardening and other relaxing activities like tai chi are also great exercises.
Note: Drink water before and after exercise to prevent dehydration. In addition, stop and rest if you are feeling tired.
Yoga is an age-old practice that alleviates stress, induces relaxation and provides multiple health benefits for people with epilepsy. The combination of controlled deep breathing, physical postures and meditation helps control seizures and reduce other epilepsy symptoms. The top yoga poses for epilepsy are:
- Balasana (Child’s Pose)
- Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
- Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose)
- Sirsasana (Headstand)
- Camatkarasana (Wild Thing)
As it is very important to do yoga poses in the correct manner to reap the benefits, learn them from an expert only.