Exercise Tips for People Who Have Seizures

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.  Blood Pressure

  • Your doctor will check your:
    • General health
    • Medications
    • 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.Canoe at the Dock
  • 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.