Exercising with Multiple Sclerosis
Although, contrary to popular belief, exercise is a very important management tool for someone who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In the past, it had been thought that someone with MS could not tolerate exercise. So as a result many people became deconditioned very early in diagnosis thus resulting in much faster declines in function.
However, it has long been debugged and the results of a proper exercise program (with concerns towards heat and fatigue) have proven to be extremely helpful in prolonging strength and endurance. Many places (Including Ours!) now have specialized therapists and instructors that are highly knowledgeable in treating and working with people that have MS.
We are going to be talking about 5 ways to exercise with Multiple Sclerosis. Please consult your physician prior to starting any exercise program, heat exhaustion is serious and should be taken very serious. In addition, a knowledgeable Physical Therapist can make a specific program geared towards strengthening specific muscles to help your activities of daily life.
The water provides a safe environment for increasing mobility, balance, flexibility, and strength in a naturally buoyant atmosphere. The pool also provides a way to challenge muscles with natural resistance from the water. The water is great for healing and working on skills that are hard to perform on land, such as standing balance and walking. Please again consider heat exhaustion and fatigue prior to starting any aquatic program.
Please note that many individuals with MS have heat intolerance which can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. These are very serious conditions and before starting a program it is wise to consult with a medical professional first.
2. Adaptive Yoga
If you have ever wondered whether or not Yoga is something that you can do, do not worry IT IS! However finding a class with an instructor who is knowledgeable of Multiple Sclerosis is important in looking for a class. A class that is for beginners to intermediates would be an ideal place to start.
Many places also offer chair yoga, an adaptive form of yoga for someone that may not be able to stand or get to the floor for the different positions. Yoga has been seen to help balance, flexibility, strength, and body awareness. Don’t forget to bring your mat!
3. Adaptive Fitness Classes
There are some gyms or therapy clinics that offer classes taught by personal instructors that specialise in adaptive fitness classes. These classes are similar to beginner fitness classes with breaks and bouts of slower easy exercise routines. They give a full body workout and accommodate everyone.
These classes are great for cardiovascular exercise and benefit balance, strength, flexibility and endurance. They often have one instructor in standing for the exercises and one that performs seated ones for those that are not able to stand or have difficulty with their balance.
If you cannot walk, please do not skip over this one. Getting outside or going to the mall for a stroll can be a great thing to help you get some exercise and just get out of the house. Walking can benefit cardiovascular health and endurance. It is great for your bones but be careful of your joints and make sure your wearing good shoes.
If you cannot walk then this can still be beneficial to you. Being outside help to promote positive mood and increases levels of serotonin, thus making you happier. Find a walking group and join with them in your chair! It is a great way to meet new people and enjoy nature.
5. Adaptive Tai Chi
Similar to yoga there are some places around the area that offer classes like this. Tai Chi helps your mind, strength, balance, and body awareness. As you get better and more into the movements with will offer aerobic benefits as well. The motions of Tai Chi
Do not let your Disability label your Ability. Instead be active and live your life to the fullest. Do not be afraid to fail and learn and gain from it! There is no doubt that this disease sucks, but do not let it steal your Joy, because at the end of the day you control your Joy not MS.
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