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Exercise and MS.

I had a relapse last summer that really went for my core. I've physioed my little socks off since last Novemeber but I think I've gone as far as I can go physio wise. Although I'm much improved, I still struggle with being 'upright' over extended periods of time. Sitting is harder than standing. When my core gets tired my breathing gets a bit laboured. I can sit/stand and I can breath, just not always at the same time. So, that's the context, this is the question. What forms of exercise have you guys found doable and beneficial? I'm looking at pilates, yoga, tai chi or possibly swimming. I plan on going and observing some classes to see if I can manage. If you could let me know what you've tried, how you coped with it and what benefits you felt (or didn't) from it that would help me make a decision. Sarah xx



I'd definitely recommend swimming



The swimming I could do, it's the getting dressed afterwards I'm a bit nervous of.



hi saran we was talking about this or some thing like this the other day and few said a IJOY TWIST not sure if any good for you hope it helps i think its on page 3 on here about excersice bike i think memory not that good at min.



I gym it and work the arms and legs. Helps my ego more than anything, but every night I do some exercises on my core before going to bed. I also do qi gong (like tai chi, but less standing) and a bit of meditation.



Sarah, if you decide to try swimming, it's all about pacing yourself. The getting dressed afterwards and returning home has to be part and parcel of your exercise. So, I recommend starting really slowly, even just a couple of lengths and see how it goes. You can then build up slowly. I go three days a week and I'm a recognised character now, walking to the water with my two sticks. The other swimmers look after me and are available to help if I ask.



I've had MS a decade so I'm all about the pacing myself. That's why I'm a bit unsure about it. I'm going on holiday at the end of the month (it's my first holiday without a grown up) and I plan to have a go and test my limits, safe in the knowledge I can lie on the sunbed in a bikini without drawing attention to myself. I'll let you know how it goes ;-)



I do tai chi and swimming. I cope with the getting changed problem by using the disabled changing room. (More room to sit down and that is what I need. When it comes to socks, well if its nice enough I go in sandals and bypass the problem OR I have this nifty plastic doo-dad from the local mobility shop, like a shoe horn on 2 cords. Helps w socks n tights n stockings when you are alone. Depends wot you go in. Pick something REAL easy to get on & off. Tai chi is slow and u are standing most the time. Been doing it 6 mths and good for balance, breathing, concentration, flexibility, and posture. Pilates is sposed to be good for core muscles, but I could not do the "getting-down-on-the-floor-bit" or the getting-up-after!



Hi Sarah, I bike places to keep me going, using the gears to help as required. I will never be like any of these Olympic chaps (and chapettes) that we are seeing in London at the moment, but I dont care. I go as fast/quick as my joyful condition allows. Sometimes it takes me 20-30 mins, other timess it can take 90 mins. I just dont care, I am happy doing it. The problem is stopping, as my legs are more hit and miss whether they will hold me up - so I have to plan things when I am approaching an intersection. Thankfully most of my bike ride is via country lanes, so I only need to watch for combine harvesters at the moment !! A stationary bike is also good for use at home too. S



Pilates was brilliant for my leg, and swimming was good for getting a full body work without having to keep myself upright.



Hi Sarah, Swimming was good for me, try simple work out few times a day about 5/10 mins. Good luck.



Can someone help with itching? As other problems was not enough I start itching too. What a life!!!!!!!!



<a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/music/' rel='nofollow'>@music</a> , consult your MS Nurse. Amitriptyline can be prescribed to combat the neuropathic problems.



I've always been OK with swimming and it's known as the best overall exercise. I've also done yoga and gym at various times. Yoga is great but I couldn't do a lot of the poses and didn't like being in a group and 'failing'. Gym is fine but I decided I wasn't getting enough exercise before leg pains set in. Pilates was recommended by the physios because they say strengthening the core muscles is the best way to compensate for weak limbs. I've found it kinder than yoga and like the fact that you don't need to change positions quickly - in fact it seems well suited to the limitations of MS. You see results quite quickly and feel very 'stretched' and supple afterwards. If you decide to have a go, make sure it's a beginners' class or that the teacher will differentiate for you. It's done more for my bad back than pills.



without a doubt i would recommend TRX suspension training i have foun it fantastic you need to get a coach or trainer that knows what they are doing but it builds strength and you pick how difficult you want to make it for yourself. i think this would be good for you as the exercises and movement engage your core. i have also been told that qigong is very good i havent found the time to try it yet but is definately on my list of things to do in near future



Suspension training? That sounds kinda... kinky. Thanks for all your replies guys. I've made some mental notes of the benefits you have felt and it will help me choose. I should have been more clear about the physio I've been doing. It's not the 6 weeks rehab from the hospital. It's a physio based exercise class that the local MS Society runs and it's heavily pilates based. We've had some of the hospital physios visit and observe and they can't believe how challenging it is. So I'm not stranger to exercising and I'm already doing a lot of core work, I just want to try something that works on the same bits, but in a different way, for maximum benefit. Also, I'm kinda bored and up for a new challenge.



Hey saran my exercise (when I do it :( haha) usually just running. But I guess not all of us are lucky enough to be able to do that still. Reading some of these things make me realise that I'm not that bad off when it comes to overall symptoms and stuff! But like everyone says ... all about pacing yourself. I've just moved to Sydney (Australia) and just walking to/from work is a start for me getting back into things. Hope everything works out. Dave.



Hi saran, I agree with scotkiwi. After a bad relapse 8 years ago or so I started biking about 2 years after. It builds your legs and stomach muscles as well as all of your core muscles. It really helped me with my walking and core strength. I don't think I would be where I am today without it. I can't really ride right now because of balance issues, but I will go back to it as soon as I can. Just watch for cars :) Rob