“Physical Activity Intervention for Improving Vascular Comorbidity Risk in Multiple Sclerosis”
Vascular comorbidities, such as high cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes, are common among people with multiple sclerosis (MS), and can negatively impact disease diagnosis, treatment, and progression. Physical inactivity may be one possible reason for this increased risk and may occur through changes in cardiorespiratory fitness (the ability of the body to transport and use oxygen during sustained physical activity). While exercise training is effective for improving fitness, factors such as accessibility to facilities and financial cost may not make it a viable option for most people with MS. An alternative approach for improving fitness is by increasing daily physical activity levels. The research team has developed and tested an Internet-delivered lifestyle physical activity intervention that has been shown to improve physical activity levels among people with MS. This lifestyle intervention is a promising approach for also increasing fitness and managing vascular comorbidity risk in persons with MS. This randomized clinical trial will examine the efficacy of a 6-month lifestyle physical activity intervention on cardiorespiratory fitness and vascular comorbidity risk in persons with MS.
Behavioral - Lifestyle Physical Activity
The intervention consists of two primary components: a dedicated Internet website and one-on-one video chats with a behavioral coach via Zoom. The intervention focuses on the skills, techniques, resources and strategies for becoming and staying physically active with MS, but does not provide a prescription for exercise or physical activity itself.
Behavioral - General Wellness
The control condition provides an Internet website and one-on-one video chats that discuss materials about self-managing MS consequences and health indicators through methods other than physical activity.
Physical Activity Intervention for Improving Vascular Comorbidity Risk in Multiple Sclerosis