Benefits of Physical Activity
Exercise may be effective in reducing stress, and persons with Meniere's may find it beneficial to establish a regular exercise program including cardiovascular activity. Cardiovascular or "aerobic" exercise is that which increases your heart rate, works large muscle groups for a sustained amount of time, and raises your breathing rate. Examples of aerobic exercises are walking, running, swimming, biking, and group fitness classes.
There are two ways that cardiovascular exercise helps to reduce stress. First, cardiovascular exercise releases hormones that calm the body and decrease pain sensitivity. So, whether stress is the result of emotional or physical discomfort, exercise will decrease the extent.
Second, cardiovascular exercise also gives a person a feeling of control over a body that at times feels out of control. Cardiovascular exercise is the first exercise to try because it helps to remove excess fluid from the body. Even the small amount of fluid lost through sweating can have an impact on the excess fluid in the ears, which some say upsets the balance mechanism.
Exercise can also help one overcome feelings of depression or anxiety that are the result of not knowing when the next attack will occur. Exercise may aid in reducing the severity of these symptoms and provide a sense of empowerment and control over one's own body.