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KoffeeLover

Exercise

It seems to me that there's a lot of talk about exercising being good for msers - but how am I meant to exercise when I can barely walk!!!!!! I've tried swimming, but I can't, and my attempts have left me so exhausted that last time I had to crawl to the changing room!!!

Sewing-chick

@Sewing-chick

My walking is very poor but I can still go on a cross-trainer. Because I can hold the handles as I exercise, it's actually easier than walking. I wish someone would invent something similar I could use to get around.

Vicy

@Vicy

I used to look after a very incapacitated lady, while I was in my youth. She had a standing frame, which was like a zimmer frame but much taller & it had handles for her to hold. It had wheels as well, so she had a few steps 1 or 2 a week. Helped the old bowels a lot. Don't know if they're available anywhere. I t might do for walking if you didn't need to get it in a car.

melissag

@melissag

I too have a hard time with this. I've been trying to find things that allows me to keep active, but doesn't leave me paying for it for a couple of days. My fatigue is so bad as it is, so it can be hard to make myself exercise. I just recently came across a video with different exercises that can be done using your bed at home though that I want to try. There are also things like chair yoga, and other low impact exercise videos I've seen on youtube where you can sit in a chair, maybe that would be something you can try?

KoffeeLover

@KoffeeLover

Thanks ☺️☺️

potter

@potter

I was sent to a physical therapist when I was first diagnosed and was given a routine of stretches that would help with leg cramps and help me maintain balance. Some of the stretches are done standing up but you hold can onto something if you need to. I use a tall chest in my bedroom, the others are done on a couch or sitting on the floor. My foot doctor gave some to do also and I have thrown in a little Tai Chi, I have a hours worth of different stretches to do. I have been doing them for eight years and they really make a difference. If I skip to many days I start to notice the difference in my walking. I would go to a therapist and see if they can help you with some stretches. I have been using a massage wand on my legs also but it was a light use massager. I recently bought a more powerful one that has these fingers that really vibrate. They talk about training your nerves to find a new path in your brain. If you try it go from the ankle up to the knee not down. This is what the therapist told me but I don't know why you should do it this way. I have just started so I don't have any results yet. The Homedics massager I got on sale for 12 dollars not a very expensive thing to try and it feels good. Potter

KoffeeLover

@KoffeeLover

Thanks @potter - that all sounds like a lot of exercises ??. I think massagers are used up the leg rather than down to encourage venous blood flow and help prevent varicose veins.

Lite

@Lite

I bought a pedal exerciser from amazon its great i can sit on my sofa and watch tv and pedal away..Has been good for me just to try and stop muscle wastage on my legs..I have thought about swimming but that`s about as far as it went..:)

RosieM

@RosieM

I've found aqua aerobics brilliant since my most recent relapse - the water keeps you cool if you find you struggle with heat, and you can take the class at your own pace. It's the only aerobic excerise I've found doesn't leave me struggling with fatigue/pain/weak muscles in the days after. I currently can't walk far and find it brilliant so would highly recommend. Swimming itself is too much for me at the moment but hopefully over time. I think it's about trying a few different bits to find what works for you in terms of pain and fatigue. I also do a pilates fundamentals class which is nice and gentle and helps keep your core strength up which is important. Also look up the Melt Method - I attend a class once a week and it's all about gentle excersises with foam rollers - brilliant if you've got spasticity or pain.

potter

@potter

I tried aqua aerobics but it was to hard on my feet, the bones in my feet are slightly deformed and couldn't take the jumping even in water. I'll have to look up the Melt Method. Potter

Gunner08

@Gunner08

The MS Society website has a lot of information about what types of exercise and stretches might be of benefit to you. https://www.mssociety.org.uk/exercise

KoffeeLover

@KoffeeLover

@gunner08 thanks ?

Matic91

@Matic91

@sewing-chich you can use a swing stepper than you have the feeling that you are climbing stairs :D i use them every day for about 20-25 minutes but after that i have to sit down because my legs start to shake but then after the earthquake of my legs they are much much more stable and on some evenings i can even go up the stairs at my home without holding to the banister.

Matic91

@Matic91

@sewing-chick im sorry for writing your name wrong. :(

Matic91

@Matic91

I do certain stretching exercises according to a book with pictures which clearly show me how to perform a certain exercise and i also use the stationary bike and the swing stepper for 20-25 minutes a day. But now that some of you posted other suggestions i will definitely expand my range of exercises and consecuently feel even better. So thank you @stumbler and everyone else who motivated me to not stop exercising :D

Sewing-chick

@Sewing-chick

@matic91 - I'm prepared to be told I'm wrong but don't you think a swing stepper might be too hard to use for someone (me) who needs two sticks to walk...

reddivine

@reddivine

I sympathise. I could lose a lot more weight if I wasn't using a wheelchair. However I do swimming. Are you trying to do too much? Our local pool is the same depth all the way along. so you can walk instead of swim. Just doing that, cuz there is resistance helps. Also as has been mentioned - try get to see physio they gave me some exercises that you do at home. I lie on the bed instead of the floor and it does help with flexibility. I'm also trying tai chi. Its SLOW and helps with balance and posture. And if it starts to be a struggle - STOP!! you know your own body and its limits. There is chair yoga and other chair based exercises. Might be suitable for you?

weenywoo22

@weenywoo22

I have purchased a lazy spa which I exercise in when I finish work. Cost about 250. Pounds but I asked for money for my 50th. It has really helped as I don't heat it too hot so it also cools me down. Not sure about winter use but also have a vibro plate which helps core muscles and balance. You can sit down to use it or hang on to side board. Really good but can't talk on mobile whilst on it ha ha best investments to date have really helped the leg muscles etc as I have disability with my right leg and foot and can't walk to far this has improved with exercise. Also don't get as tired

Gunner08

@Gunner08

@koffeelover No worries, I hope it helps.

Matic91

@Matic91

@sewing-chick oh in that case it is absolutelly a bad idea. Nevertheless you should try to stay active and keep on moving your legs and arms because otherwise the reflexes kind of freeze in. When i couldnt bend my right leg i almost got insane but i kept on moving it, called my mother to help me move it and do certain exercises. I dont want to force you into anything or try to convince you to think as i do. I just wanted to give you a suggestion which was good for me. :)