Acute moderate-intensity cycling exercise is associated with reduced fatigue in persons with multiple sclerosis

Steven J Petruzzello, Robert W Motl

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Abstract

Background: Fatigue is a prominent, disabling symptom of MS. The prevalence and impact of fatigue highlights the need to identify approaches for its management. Purpose: To examine changes in fatigue associated with an acute bout of moderate-intensity exercise in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). Methods: Females (N = 25) with MS completed an incremental exercise test on a cycle ergometer to measure peak oxygen consumption (VO2peak) and on a separate day completed the abbreviated Profile of Mood States (POMS) before performing 20 min of cycle ergometry at 60% VO2peak. Participants again completed the POMS at 5, 20, and 60 min after exercise. Results: There were small-to-moderate reductions in fatigue subscale scores on the POMS 20 (d = .39) and 60 (d = .45) min after the acute bout of exercise. Conclusion: We conclude that moderate-intensity cycling exercise was associated with reductions in fatigue and might represent an appropriate stimulus for the chronic management of fatigue in persons with MS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalMental Health and Physical Activity
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

Keywords

  • Acute exercise
  • Fatigue
  • Mood
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Symptom management
  • Symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Applied Psychology

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