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Samantha_Louise

Exercise suitable for toning

Hi, I regularly go to gym classes to try and stay fit and healthy. Recently my legs haven't been as strong and I struggle to hold exercises (squats and lunges etc). My balance is awful and genuinely fall over, but I refuse to let my MS beat me and still want to exercise to keep fit and toned. I wondered if anyone does any exercise that helps to build muscle and tone, whilst not overdoing it?! Thanks. Sam

Ant1975

@Ant1975

@samantha_louise Hey Sam . I do a lot on the exercise bike and rowing machine which helps me loads . For balance try some tai chi and yoga . There are loads of videos on You Tube which are specific to MS . Good luck x

Samantha_Louise

@Samantha_Louise

I actually do a spinning class which is great fun as I get to hold on to something and push myself at the same time. At times my legs can go funny for a while after and I may get drop foot. But once my body has cooled, it genuinely goes back to normal. The rowing machine is a great idea too. I never had thought of that one. Thanks :) I will look into Tai Chi and yoga classes too. I think that will help strengthen my core. Thank you

Ant1975

@Ant1975

It will help you strengthen your core but will help you loads to with your balance as well 😁

BowLocks

@BowLocks

These exercises (even the basic ones) on the MS Trust site really help to strengthen the core and improve balance. https://www.mstrust.org.uk/understanding-ms/living-ms/lifestyle/exercise-and-ms/exercises-people-ms/core-stability-exercises-a

MagdalenaM

@MagdalenaM

Hi Sam. I swim twice a week and manage to do 50-60 25m lengths unless I'm not feeling that great. After speaking to lovely people here I looked into Ariene MS yoga but didn't get into it yet as struggle for time at home with kids. Hope you find sth that suits you x

molineux1047

@molineux1047

TRX was recommended to me. If you get shown how to do it it can be great as the TRX straps support your weight and help combat the balance issues for squats.

The-Pond

@The-Pond

Hi Sam Pilates can really help improve your core strength, which will improve your balance. Get a DVD, or go to a class at the gym. For toning, I recently bought a resistance band. It's basically a long piece of stretchy rubber, which you use to exercise pretty much any muscle. I'm liking it so far. Dan

StephZ

@StephZ

Hi - recent reseach shows that progressive restiance training is good for MS - it helps stop the brain shrinkage associated with it. The exercises discussed in the paper are horizonatl leg press, hip flexion, leg extension, prone harmstring curl, cable pull down and cable triceps extension. The study tested this for 24 weeks twice a week. If you're interested in the research papers I put a copy here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B8upsVdalJ1nMGpDN2wzWksxWUE?usp=sharing I will start this next week at my local gym. One of the papers has the reps and breaks in it and I will try and follow that.

Samantha_Louise

@Samantha_Louise

Thanks so much for the information everyone. Yes I think we all need to stay fit and healthy and kick MS far into next week!! I do find I have more energy when I exercise. Stay strong everyone x