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Exercising and Movement with MS

How has MS impacted exercise or bodily movement for you?

Are there exercises or movements that seem to work really well for you and, alternatively, some movements that are difficult to do now?

Have you had to modify any movements? If so, how?

How do you set yourself up for success when moving your body?

  1. I live alone so I clean my whole apt by myself. Dust run sweeper and washing dishes after cooking. I also do all my grocery shopping. Driving myself still to go grocery shopping. Pick up medicine. Go to my Dr Apts. That is about all I can manage right now. After grocery shopping I always take a day or 2 off. Stay in and rest up. I am retired. 70 years old. Female.

    1. ' I've had several family meetings with my boys, and they get nowhere. I'm trying to make sense of it all. I tend to walk away from situations, desispite trying very hard to find, a minimal amount understanding, why I am on my own, with three adult sons, two for whom I support fincially, living under my roof. If or when I walk away, I will start a new life, my children will not be part of it, they will cease to exist. I know this sounds like I am a cold hearted man, something I am not. I dedicated my life to my children. I gave them a good life. My children are very decent young adults, except when it comes to me. I don't get it. I have done nothing negative to any of them except get, SPMS. I find a piece of furniture has more status in my house, then I do.

    2. , I don't think you sound cold hearted at all. You have dedicated much of your life to your boys and they are all adults now, right? Eventually, our kids should be able to be able to support themselves and if they are only staying in contact with us for financial gain, well, that's not healthy for the kids or ourselves. You may need to consider making the right decisions for *your* future and *your* health, not your boys'. I have only launched one kiddo so far, so I am no expert on this subject, so please take whatever I say with a grain of salt.


      Parenting ain't easy, is it?!?


      Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

  2. I have an eliptical machine. A PT said to go 2mi one level 2mi higher level so I go 2mi level5 -2mi level 7 -repeat next -2 mi level 8. Started at levels 2 and 4 so I am getting stronger. Also in AC. Stepper 50 steps, several other to work on knees, ankles, and hips

    1. - sounds great. I really worry about walking on uneven surfaces (and snow and ice).

    2. - Really. I would rather exercise with other peoplle.

  3. My usual excercises are walking in the pool. Riding a stationary bicycle.
    Using a rowing machine or riding my 3 wheel bike at the beach. Doe I have the energy and balance.



    1. wow! This sounds like a great balance of movement. The pool, bike and rower offers variety for your body and it mixes up so you don't feel like you're routine gets too repetitive. Thanks for sharing! - Alene, moderator

    2. - I thought the same thing

  4. Frank S, you said the magic words: ROWING MACHINE! My chiropractor recommended the rowing machine to me when I was looking for a cardio machine to have at home. We found one on Craigslist and I have it set up in our guest room/my painting studio. I find it absolutely brilliant to use -- I love the way it enables me to get a good fifteen minutes of intense exercise at the beginning of my workout, and it's almost impossible to use it WRONG. admittedly, I did once get my feet tangled up in the one at the gym, and fell off it, producing my first and only sports injury.
    I've been working out for about thirty years. When I first started working with a trainer, she had me use a recumbent bike for about a year until I was strong enough to use the TREADMILL. ( I know...recovering couch potato here).


    Do you do other exercises? I do some repetitive balance exercises, including standing on one leg and holding my knee to my chest for ten seconds at a time, and I also do Warrior 3, where you stand on one leg and hold you free leg out behind you -- I can hold that one for about ten seconds. And then there's the resistance training and those infernal PLANKS. it's all about balance strength flexibility and endurance, but it's keeping my mind working.


    Anyway, it's always good to find another rowing machine fan! Good luck, and enjoy the ride!
    Therry, a Team Member

    1. That's great that you've enjoyed the rower so much. They really can get your heart rate up pretty quickly. They also work the full body. And, yes, planks can be another great full body exercise. I like that you can modify them to start and then increase in time. - Alene, moderator

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