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MS and Exercise: How Do You Stay Fit?

Cathy Health Guide May 11, 2012
  • I love this time of year because I know I’ll be able to go outside for some exercise instead of being trapped indoors due to inclement weather.  When I was first diagnosed 25 years ago, doctors told me to rest, rest, rest and that any exercise that raised my body’s temperature was to...

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  • Lisa Emrich
    Health Guide
    May. 12, 2012

    Exercise?  Yes!

     

    Can I exercise my understand that physical activity is good for you?  To be honest, I don't exercise (physically) nearly as much as I should. 

     

    Like you, I had a physical therapist who worked with me to improve my balance and gait.  She helped me to become less unconditioned and build a bit of muscle.  Fortunately...

    RHMLucky777

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    Exercise?  Yes!

     

    Can I exercise my understand that physical activity is good for you?  To be honest, I don't exercise (physically) nearly as much as I should. 

     

    Like you, I had a physical therapist who worked with me to improve my balance and gait.  She helped me to become less unconditioned and build a bit of muscle.  Fortunately the work we did together still helps me to avoid falling and wearing myself out.  PT rocks!

     

    Today is an absolutely gorgeous day.  I should go outside and wash my car.  That could be my exercise for the day.  :)

     

    • Cathy
      Health Guide
      May. 12, 2012

      Lisa,

       

      Any exercise is good - just getting up and around is good!  A body at rest stays at rest....well, you know the old saying.  Anyway, whatever we can do within our limitations can only benefit us.  I am now waiting for my husband to come home so we can take a walk on this gorgeous day!

       

      Cheers,

      Cathy

  • Angela
    May. 11, 2012

    WOW, flashback time for me! When I was first diagnosed I was a Jazzercise instructor. My 1st symptoms were visual and the stripes on the 1980's ladies leotards were making me SO dizzy and off kilter. Upon my diagnosis I was encouraged, no... more like TOLD, to quit that exercise stuff! It was going to be the downfall of me if I didn't. I was just crushed as...

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    WOW, flashback time for me! When I was first diagnosed I was a Jazzercise instructor. My 1st symptoms were visual and the stripes on the 1980's ladies leotards were making me SO dizzy and off kilter. Upon my diagnosis I was encouraged, no... more like TOLD, to quit that exercise stuff! It was going to be the downfall of me if I didn't. I was just crushed as it was such a wonderful outlet for me and a great way to stay shapely after having had my 1st child. I was encouraged to rest and remain almost dormant, which I did due to fear of additional symptoms. I was basically scared to move.

    Fast forward.... My hard earned physical strength and muscle tone was my biggest advantage I had going through the numerous attacks I had post diagnosis. To this day, 28 years later, I still have firm thighs and a flat stomach from all those crunches!! Being in shape helped me to not atophy nearly as much as if I had been unfit.

    As far as my abilities today I am unable to endure strenuous work-outs or heavy strength training. I do however remain a huge advocate for stretching and using every muscle in my body as often as possible. I climb stairs in my daily routine, and consider that my "stairmaster". We all must do what we are capable of and if need be try and glamorize the little things into what other's might consider "excercise". My "stairmaster" just happens to be in my home and leads to my bedroom where I'm REALLY good at taking naps, excercising my deep breathing and meditation.  Smile

    • Cathy
      Health Guide
      May. 12, 2012

      Angela,

       

      Good tone, eh?  Good for you, girl.  Hey, we have to be thankful for what we DO have - good tone is something I don't have.  You also have a great attitude which counts for a lot, as you already know.  Let's keep fighting the good fight while we deal with MS.  Today is a beautiful, sunny day and I'll take a short walk...

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      Angela,

       

      Good tone, eh?  Good for you, girl.  Hey, we have to be thankful for what we DO have - good tone is something I don't have.  You also have a great attitude which counts for a lot, as you already know.  Let's keep fighting the good fight while we deal with MS.  Today is a beautiful, sunny day and I'll take a short walk outside.  Slow and steady, but nevertheless it's something. 

       

      You go, Angela.  I am happy to know you, happy to hear your story and happy we can share this journey together.

       

      Best,

      Cathy