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melmel1

Exercise?

Evening all bit of a random question but I put on weight after being diagnosed ,just pure comfort eating im trying to loose weight and have got a belly, lol I used to do abs classes but stopped after being diagnosed was not sure If I should with some of the movements putting a bit of pressure on the back and spine, am I being paronoid? or is it safe to start doing some ab work again?. X

GlawsDan

@GlawsDan

Hi @melmel1 I have very few symptoms but L’hermittes is one of them. For this reason I don’t do anything which encourages the bending of my neck if only because it acts as grim distraction to what should be fun experience. There are countless forms of exercises you could do instead, i’d choose whichever you are most comfortable. I did not get specific advice on this topic from my physio, but she did say MS has no affect on CV fitness, so I like to push hard on the cross trainer (no bouncing up and down which results in my legs tingling) All the best Dan

melmel1

@melmel1

@glawsdan thank u for reply, I am paro about spine as have a lesion there do u think its best to avoid things like planks and ab work on the floor and just do alternatives. Im the same I stopped running and do cross trainer now or walk on treadmill x

GlawsDan

@GlawsDan

Hi @melmel1 If you are paranoid about these exercises I would get the advise of a trained physio. The way I work my core is to use a rolling wheel as my neck does not need to bend at all. Dan

melmel1

@melmel1

@glawsdan thank you Ill contact the specialists x

cameron

@cameron

I read recently that a neuro stated that exercise could have as powerful an effect on MS as a drug. If this is the case, it makes sense to get the best advice as soon as possible and have maximum body fitness as an achievable goal. You're in a good position to do this as you are used to an exercise regime. Physical fitness apart, I find that exercise is very good for improving mood. xx

Elisabeth_Turner

@Elisabeth_Turner

So... i picked up a free MS Society exercise dvd and tried it out for the first time last night. For the crunches on the floor, they suggest lying on a bath towel and holding the 2 corners above your head as you do the crunches. It takes the pressure off your neck. Simple but really effective. It may br on YouTube, not sure, but it's presented by Sally Gunnell. Xx

melmel1

@melmel1

@cameron that is really good to hear that exercise can help with MS..x @elisabeth_turner thank you for that ill look that up .x

JoanneK

@JoanneK

There is now clear evidence that exersize helps people with MS, which is why the MS Society have now produced videos etc. You just need to find what suits you. Personally I am no good at home exersize so I recommend joining a MS therapy centre - see the website to find out if you have one near you: https://www.msntc.org.uk/ Ours in the Sutton/Croydon area has an expert team of neuro physios. So each week we enjoy group exersize classes suited to our needs (and a natter!) plus they can advise you on any specific problems you might have (medical, social etc). Personally I also do aqua aerobic classes - which is exersizes to music in the water that I could not manage on dry land. I found a pool with steps in & out the water (rather than ladder) and when I am too unwell/weak to manage on my own they allow me to bring a free companion into the class so they can help me be safe when I am tired after class. I was never a gym bunny even before diagnosis but both these are definitely helping me physically and mentally! So I would recommend find what "floats your boat"

cameron

@cameron

@joannek - it's great in the water, isn't it? I'm lucky enough to be in a sports club offering aqua classes six days a week, from aerobics to dance, yoga and zumba. And the really good news is that according to my physio, it is the OPTIMUM form of exercise for MS, even more beneficial than swimming. One reason is that it provides a fantastic opportunity for full range movements of all the limbs. The star jumps, scissors, stretching, twisting and general jigging about would be impossible without the water to support and balance you. I certainly get a feeling of regaining use in the whole of my body (once on dry land, of course, things go back to what they were...). Secondly research is showing that moving to any kind of rhythm or music acts a a brain stimulus. So for MS, it reinforces correct movements and has the capacity to improve mobility. I'd been building up my classes since Christmas and had myself tested at the physio's in June. She said my range of movement, walking speed and gait were improved and she put it all down to the aqua classes. Hard to credit that something as daft as jiggling around to Beach Boys songs (etc.) could actually bring health benefits....... xx

Noelie

@Noelie

@melmel1 Not all exercises are equal in damaged nervous system world. I strongly recommend you check The MS Gym http://www.themsgym.com . Best thing i've done since diagnosis, just wish i had find it sooner. Best of luck x

melmel1

@melmel1

@joannek thank you for the advice it's so good to hear that exercise helps MS I've always been active I too love the Aqua Zumba too kinda started doing that more then the really hard core workouts thank you I will look up the MS centers X @cameron I love the aqua classes too how many days a week do you work out? X @noelie I had a look at the link you sent the ms gym very helpful info thank u x

cameron

@cameron

Hello there, yes, I love the aqua classes. Monday to Friday - yoga, two zumba-type and aerobics. I also have a one-to-one physio session in a hydro pool, so I'm in the water every weekday. I used to do swimming but this gets me fitter. It's probably because it's so light-hearted and sociable that I don't notice the effort I'm making, too busy concentrating on the music!. The instructors are great - young and bubbly. That's important too: in the class I forget I'm a patient with a progressive neurological condition! xx