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Exercise

Why isn't there any comments on exercise? Us MS sufferers are supposed to exercise. It can improve our fitness, endurance, and strength in our arms and legs. Those are my weak points now, so I definitely do exercises for them.

  1. Hi vvxjr9! We actually have several articles on exercise, but you have to search them in our archives. This is a list of results I got when I put the word "exercise" in the Search box at the upper left corner of the page: https://multiplesclerosis.net/search?s=exercise. You can click on any of those headings to access the article. We could always use more articles though since people need different exercises, depending on the progression of their MS. So please let us know if you don't find what you are looking for. Best of all wishes! - Lori (Team Member)

    1. Thank you for commenting on this. While we wait for others to chime in, how are you doing today? 🧡 Warmly, Kayleigh, MultipleSclerosis.net team member

    2. you can also search from Google or whatever search engine you use by typing in "multiplesclerosis.net + exercise". I find that works better for me.

  2. Hi , I agree that exercise is very important and can improve fitness, endurance, and strength. It's hard to know what to recommend for exercise as each of us are different. When I engaged in physical therapy, I was almost surprised at what counted as exercise. Sometimes something as simple as sitting on a balance ball and reaching for something counted as exercise. It certainly worked core strength but to a healthy observer, it probably didn't look like much.

    What are some of the things you do to focus on your weak points? What types of exercises do you like to do and find most helpful?

    Best, Lisa

    1. Lisa, I certainly agree about the part of PT that they think and count as exercise. I don't, we need to really strength our core and then we can focus on our weak issues and exercise to strength them. I am participating in my 7th PT and over the years I have included a lot of the exercises I was taught in my PT, but also focus on strengthening areas like my arms or legs.

      1. That's wonderful that you workout regularly, @vvxjr9. That has got to help your overall health. I hope you continue to remain strong. Thanks for sharing and encouraging others. Best wishes! - Lori (Team Member)

    2. That is exactly the sore spot. I have been hiking just month ago. Now I can not get through a workday, since I can not stand or walk for long periods, my legs give out. Plus the vertigo and balance problems make it difficult to get my 10 000 steps in a day. I feel lazy and guilty, as I thought "not doing enough" exercise caused me to be out of shape. Now my arms start to be effected. Yes I am getting a chiropractor to give me a routine to practise, to not lose more function. And than the fatigue that let's you feel like to just lay down on the floor where you are. I also work with people that have MS in home care. You need a good support team to encourage you to keep pushing the possible! But losing being active is what makes this so difficult to accept. I can accept living with the pain, been doing this for so long. But losing who I am because of these disabling factors is the worst for me. And I don't know better to explain this. I bought a small bike to do arm and leg exercises and had weights anyway. Now it's working with tension bands instead. I think everyone needs to find his/her way to keep the body as mobile as possible. Some days it might not work, but heck when it does, it sure feels good0😉 Also I do a lot of dog sports, most I had to put on hold for now. But I have an amazing coach and instead of walking, we are doing a chair dance routine now. Not what I had in mind, but I will not lose this too. Find something to motivate you and adjust it to make it work for you❣

      1. I am so glad you have found ways to modify your exercise, @Hamaara. If you do end up with an MS diagnosis, it is possible you are experiencing a relapse and that you will recover in time. Exercise can help a great deal with that recovery. Best of all wishes! - Lori (Team Member)

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