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Exercise and MS

Postby BooBooPants » Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:56 pm

Hello, recently my wife was diagnosed with MS, and as a result we pretty much have no idea what she should be doing in order to keep herself physically fit. She is 33, a new mother, and I am concerned! Does anyone know of any workout "Preferably Aerobic, or Light Free wieght, FREE is preferred as well" that might provide some benefit?
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Re: Exercise and MS

Postby Notdoneyet » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:47 pm

My opinion only, as a 30 year veteran of MS, is exercise as much as you can for as long as you can.
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Re: Exercise and MS

Postby Scott1 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:23 pm

Hi,

I agree. Stretch as much as you can as well. It's much easier to maintain flexibility than restore it. In particular, I found hamstrings, calfs, feet,lower back and glutes can be an issue. If you let them tighten up, the fascia will need to be worked on or you can be very uncomfortable.

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Re: Exercise and MS

Postby Cece » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:12 am

swimming is a good one because you stay cool
congrats on the baby
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Re: Exercise and MS

Postby tzootsi » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:47 am

How about bicycling? My wife was dx'd 5 years ago and bikes every day, weather permitting. Also, squats are supposed to be very beneficial.
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Re: Exercise and MS

Postby vesta » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:53 am

Swimming is the best because it gets the blood/fluids circulating through the brain, "oxygenates" the brain and keeps the body cool. Avoid anything that tenses up the back/shoulders and neck, that causes body tension in general. Check out CCSVI thread and be aware of blood brain circulation issue.( My info at Ms Cure Enigmas.net)
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Re: Exercise and MS

Postby daverestonvirginia » Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:06 pm

I agree with the "exercise as much as you can for as long as you can" statement from an earlier comment. When I first was dx I had a lot of numbness in my feet so I stopped running and switched to bicycling which I still do today. I also lift weights, it’s been seven years now and still going strong. Good Luck
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Re: Exercise and MS

Postby Cilantro » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:59 pm

How about yoga? That's good for both stretching and maintaining/building some strength in a low impact way. I've been doing yoga a lot in recent years, and I've noticed that it's also helped to lessen my back pain.

Plus, diet and stress are two common triggers of MS flares, and yoga is pretty good at helping to reduce/improve stress.
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Re: Exercise and MS

Postby JerseyDan » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:13 pm

If she runs, I recommend lots of stretching/yoga. There is a free yoga for MS DVD that I received from Biogen. Although once the baby starts walking she will get lots of stretching and aerobic exercise. Good luck.
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Re: Exercise and MS

Postby DougL » Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:22 am

JerseyDan wrote:If she runs, I recommend lots of stretching/yoga. There is a free yoga for MS DVD that I received from Biogen.

too bad it is only for the US. i would love a copy for my wife.
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Re: Exercise and MS

Postby vesta » Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:45 am

If experienced yoga masters can control their bodily functions, why not concentrate on preventing the venous blood reflux at the origin of an MS attack? (CCSVI theory) I have found a neck massage forcing the blood down towards the heart is enough to stop an attack for me, and I should have been practicing massage and yoga for years to keep the blood circulating.
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Re: Exercise and MS

Postby andreagwolford » Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:03 am

Aerobic fitness has a protective effect on parts of the brain that are most affected by multiple sclerosis.a Aerobic exercise enhances the nerve growth factors in MS patients, which increases the volume of the gray matter and increases the integrity of the white matter.As a result there is an improvement in cognitive function. So doing aerobics is really helpful for MSers.
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Re: Exercise and MS

Postby eatright » Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:18 am

Exercise is a must as well as stretching, but you must also eat right and stay away from all toxins (smoking, diet soda, ECG.). Diagnosed twelve years ago I stopped my medication after two years, started eating right and running, today I run marathons. Also stretch, stretch, stretch.
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Re: Exercise and MS

Postby buygirl » Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:46 am

How about bicycling? My wife was dx'd 5 years ago and bikes every day, weather permitting. Also, squats are supposed to be very beneficial.


Is she on a road bike...I was diagnosed 2 months ago, thanks to imbalances on the bike. I still can not ride the way I used to. Might be mental at this point but I would love to feel good and ride the bike again.
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Re: Exercise and MS

Postby ActiveMSers » Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:00 pm

BBPants, if you are looking for exercise advice, you may want to swing over to www.ActiveMSers.org. I designed ActiveMSers to help, motivate, and inspire those with multiple sclerosis to stay as active as possible—physically, intellectually, and socially—regardless of physical limitations. Your wife will find lots of helpful exercise tips and tricks there to get and stay fit. Good luck!

-Dave Bexfield, ActiveMSers
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