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Exersice

Hi guys

I'm just wanting to know what exersice is everyone doing to help with MS.

I have been told that swimming is good and that the gym cant not help.

I would be greatful for any advise from you all on what you find best.

 

Thanks Clare xxhappy2

 

Hi Clair

Tai-chi,Pilates and yoga are good. I used to do karate and I do Kata-like tai-chi, can’t do anymore as I fall over and have no balance.

Mike x

Yoga - will help with the spacticity.

Try something quite simple and low impact like hatha yoga. I go twice a week if I can manage and the weeks I don't I'm bound to feel a lot stiffer.

Reemz

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It's daunting at first going alone but there are many others in the same boat. I've just got invited to a barbecue by one of the guys from yoga (I've only been going 4 months and by myself). Sometimes it's a great social opportunity too.

 

I also do belly dance but this take it out of me. (I really enjoy dance though). Again I goi alone but now I'm a familiar face it's not so daunting :-)

Hi Clare

Have really dreadful legs so I’m limited to some of the things I can do but have recently purchased an exercise bike. I have been amazed that these awful legs can still cycle really well. I started cycling for 5 mins and have now built it up to 20 mins.

I am feeling very pleased with myself!

Teresa xx

I go to (or used to) jazzercise and zumba classes 3 times a week (jazz twice and zumba once) normally (before my attack in March) and as I recovered pretty well I started going back to jazzercise and doing the low impact version. I am fine with it until we do the floor session (yoga/pilates type stretching and strengthening muscles) and it is then that I struggle big time so usually leave it out and and lie there watching everyone else, lol. I can do upper body but not the leg exercises which is very frustrating as I normally ace the leg stuff and watch everyone else struggle and moan.

I started these classes about 18 months ago and I went on my own as I had no one to go with either. You very quickly start to fit in, especially as exercise is a bit 'hit & miss' to some and you get a high turnover of students, many starting in New Year and giving up within a few weeks. Pretty soon I became one of the long-standing members :) Have made new friends and since being ill have even had visits and 'get well soon' cards and cakes brought round for me!

I also learned that our class teacher used to have a student with MS who used to go bettween attacks. 

I have been going back to jazzercise for a few weeks now, although I don't go as often as I used to, but zumba is one I am yet to return to as there is a lot of spinning and very fast steps which I know I can't handle yet :(

I have read that it is a very good idea to imrpove your strength and fitness, once you are recovered enough, to prepare the body to better fight further relapses. 

 

I am not a terribly sociable person but since returning to jazzercise, members have come up to me to ask how I am and if I know what caused my illness so it has been a chance to actually speak to some of the girls I hadn't spoken to before. Maybe they were just being nosey but it gave me a chance to speak to some I had not spoken to before and also to speak about MS, therefore raising awareness, even if only slighly ...and to only a few.

You will be fine once you are there and you will wonder why you didn't make the move sooner :)

hey I am not dx but have adapted yoga and some Pilates for myself…and will prob go swimming for cardio…but you can do cardio at home but it’s good to get out and meet new people too…I also use free weights when I can…and also work on core strength…resistance bands are good too… think the main thing is to do things you will enjoy…I tend to break mine down into shorter workouts…and depending on how I am will work different areas on that day. it’s good to give your body a rest also…maybe exercise one day rest next or just do yoga…also try and vary what you do as your body can get used to it…look at strength…suppleness and cardio and you won’t go far wrong…even in days where I feel like pants I try and do something…even if it’s only 20 mins…I have had fatigue allot over last few onths…and this can affect motivation also…but that said if you can try something it all helps…that’s my view anyway…good luck and hope you find something you like and can stick to…:slight_smile:

hey I am not dx but have adapted yoga and some Pilates for myself…and will prob go swimming for cardio…but you can do cardio at home but it’s good to get out and meet new people too…I also use free weights when I can…and also work on core strength…resistance bands are good too… think the main thing is to do things you will enjoy…I tend to break mine down into shorter workouts…and depending on how I am will work different areas on that day. it’s good to give your body a rest also…maybe exercise one day rest next or just do yoga…also try and vary what you do as your body can get used to it…look at strength…suppleness and cardio and you won’t go far wrong…even in days where I feel like pants I try and do something…even if it’s only 20 mins…I have had fatigue allot over last few onths…and this can affect motivation also…but that said if you can try something it all helps…that’s my view anyway…good luck and hope you find something you like and can stick to…:slight_smile: