Start focusing on what you CAN do!

The Epilepsy Foundation's Wellness Institute wants to support you in your fitness and exercise journey. Here you will find tips and tools to develop an active lifestyle in a safe way. You'll also learn how staying active can improve your mind, body, and spirit.

If you're living with epilepsy, you may be used to hearing what you can't do. We want you to discover what you CAN do!! Family and friends who care for and help people with seizures need to understand too – about your capabilities and their own. No matter where you are in life, paying attention to your own health and staying fit is vital to happiness and overall quality of life.

Why is Fitness Important?

More research is being done than ever before on epilepsy and exercise. Studies have shown that regular exercise provides physical and emotional benefits for people living with epilepsy. For example, in some people exerise may improve...

  • Seizure control
  • Some side effects of antiseizure medications
  • Mood disorders associated with epilepsy, including depression and anxiety
  • Sleep
  • Cognition (for example, thinking, memory, attention)
  • Overall quality of life

We also know that people with epilepsy get the same health benefits from exercise as healthy individuals without epilepsy: increased stamina and strength, weight and fat loss, improved mood, reduced stress, better sleep, and lower risk of illness.

Common Questions

We understand that exercising with epilepsy may be scary at first for the person with seizures or their family. You may have some of these questions or concerns:

Exploring this section to find answers to these and other questions. Share your questions or comments below.

"No one said it would be easy, they just promised us it would be worth it."
— Anonymous

Authored by: Jenny LaBaw
Reviewed by: David Taplinger, MD | Patty Shafer, RN, MN on 2/2017
Wellness Institute
Wellness Institute

In addition to the information presented in this section about fitness and exercise, the Epilepsy Foundation's Wellness Institute provides information and help related to these additional, connected topics that can affect your wellness and quality of life: