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sunnydaylover

strength training/exercise

Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. I have a strength training plan which i have completed, had 3 months off from doing weights about a year and a half ago as had a subaceous cyst removed and so when got back into in, I re did the plan I had. Then did it again, 3 rd time, upping my weights, managing ok til one day i had a very shaky right knee,another weird sensation at the time to add to the list of weird things happening to me. Anyway, I got my diagnosis last Tuesday, and now i know that this is not anything spinal where I am going to do more damage, I want to get back to where i was on my weight loss journey and healthier lifestyle.I am just feeling very lost at the thought of the gym.I am very self concious, and don't know what to do to warm up where i'm not using my legs so much as the stumbling and knees giving way are a bit of pain in the ass when it comes to the treadmill and crosstrainer. I could try the bike, I am just scared i get off it and fall over!

Stumbler

@Stumbler

Moderation is key. So, when you feel up to it, get "back on the bike". But, listen to your body more. It will tell you if you're pushing too hard and then you need to throttle back a bit. So, not so much "hell for leather" but a more cautious approach, taking into account prevailing circumstances. Don't ever assume that that's it! The brain is pretty damned clever. If one neural route doesn't work, the brain can try to re-route messages.

sunnydaylover

@sunnydaylover

Thank you. Yes,I am just going to have to change how i've always done things. Thank you. I need to get back on the road to getting fit and getting this weight off. Cheers people x

BM78

@BM78

I needed to shed a bit of weight myself, over the past couple of years, and with back problems (pelvis issues and non-friendly vertebrae!) the gym and swimming were no longer an option really! I did test the gym capabilities; with no positive results at all! So, I changed my diet and exercises! I eat very little rice, pasta or potato. Much less red meat (now it's mostly chicken or turkey) with veg for dinner and a good lashing of gravy Monday to Friday! Then little treats for the weekend... Stopped drinking so much beer too! I try to walk as much as I can (only about 30 minutes into the town before my back is at me!!) and drink water instead of soft drinks... Should help with the weight over a few weeks & months ;-) Best of luck wit it anyway! ;-)

Cazzzzzy

@Cazzzzzy

Hi... I agree with @bm78 ! ... Try and eat less carbs as bread/rice/pasta and potatoes - the weight will then soon drop off! xxx

sunnydaylover

@sunnydaylover

I have lost 3 and a half stone already, thats why this 'blip',if I can call MS a blip, has come at the wrong time.I am half way through my journey to my goal weight, but, on a healthier lifestyle in general that i will keep up for the rest of my life. I ate clean and was training mean, lol. My food went a bit mad with all the worry and anxiousness over the last few months.I would start every day the right way but was finishing off a bit naughty, but now that I know what I am dealing with, my food has fallen into place again and thankfully, I have only put on 4lbs since xmas. I have been back to gym twice, just can't really do anything with my legs at the moment, but hoping they will get better and i can do all i was again. Thank you,its lovely to hear from others xx

Cazzzzzy

@Cazzzzzy

Hi sunnyday ... I'm not sure if this'll help but I have one of those mini cycling machines and cycle everyday while watching tv for around 15 mins... For me it isn't for weight loss but more about trying to keep my legs "working"... I guess if you wanted to lose weight or gain strength then you could increase the setting to make it more of a challenge ... I know if I did that my legs would give up on me and lose stamina so I need the lowest setting... But the idea of a stationary exercise bike is appealing too as it helps with balance... xxx

reddivine

@reddivine

i'm also trying to loose weight. Ain't easy when you can't even walk far. But you sound far more active than many. Dial it down a notch and as stumbler said...listen to yout body. Swimming, tai chi, yoga, all good and gentle. Not so much aaaaah I'm gonna collapse.

loulou

@loulou

Hello @sunnydaylover and @bm78 I thought I would mention my fantastic little bit of kit if it could be of any help to you or anyone, it really does target the core muscles lower back and inner thigh and is wonderful for losing those pounds around the middle and shrinking your waist! it is like any exercise equipment you have to "use it" not leave it as a clothes horse! It is the IJOY TWIST, reat if you are unsteady on your feet as I am. I have just done 45 mins on mine just now while watching TV, logged onto Shift and saw your post! it is a fun exercise machine and can be picked up for a bargain on ebay. I even have another one as a back up in case one goes wrong. You really do notice the difference in 4 days and can feel it in your core. Ive posted a write up below but do some googling and feel free to message me, I could not be without this bit fantastic bit of kit, I know two other Shift members have now purchased one, It gives you a real feel good factor without going to the gym! do let me know what you think, my MS nurse even had a go and really rates it, quite funny seeing her on it, I do speed three, she tried speed four !!! @bm78 I have back problems too but this eases up when I use my IJoy, in turn strenthens my core which then helps my walking,see what you think and good luck with the fitness Loulou x The iJoy Twist is the younger brother of the iJoy Ride fitness machine and is also designed to give you an effortless exercise work-out, whilst helping you tone and condition muscles known to help you improve your figure, muscle tone and balance. Following the same principles as its predecessor, the iJoy Twist targets the core muscles of the abdomen and back, through functional dynamic movement. It uses a 3-axis-twisting-motion to give a more intense work out and burn more calories than the iJoy Ride and targets your core stability muscles and love handles in particular. It also works the muscles in your legs and arms and burns up to 76 calories every 15 minutes. For those using the Ijoy for rehabilitation or muscle building and strengthening the Ijoy Ride is superior for abdominal muscles and the Twist for lateral stability and balance muscles. Ijoy is now widely used by children and adults with Cerebral Palsy who are pre or post SDR surgery (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy). Thos who need most work on their addominal muscles i.e flop forward when tired, have poor ab muscle tone or very poor stability benefit from Ijoy Ride to begin with and those who lack sideways (lateral) stability and fall to the side or lack balance but can maintain a sitting posture benefit from the hula hoop like motion of the Twist most. The Human Touch iJoy Twist's unique balance challenge works your muscles while you simply keep your balance. This balance trainer is an easy and fun way to strengthen, reshape, tone and train your body!

BM78

@BM78

@loulou thanks for the tip! I'm hoping to hear about physio with the MS team in the not too distant future (I hope!) so I'll bear that in mind, cheers! :-)

sunnydaylover

@sunnydaylover

I will google it now Loulou,thank you. I was active Reddivine, very active.trained alot every week.Now its all changed, i just feel a bit lost. I could drive to the gym, but would I be able to drive home if I make my legs work. Am i meant to be even driving? I have til the 20th of this month to decide about my gym membership. I am hanging on in there as going to MS clinic for first time on monday next week so i know once treatment has maybe started, things will be different. All just a bit up in the air. I know my diet is important, so back on track with that after a few days away. Its just so frustrating going from serious training, to not being able to walk more than 10minutes. :o(

Stumbler

@Stumbler

@sunnydaylover , it is important to try and have some exercise in your normal routines. So, start gently and see how it goes. If it's OK, then you can consider ramping it up........ slowly.

sunnydaylover

@sunnydaylover

my sisters got an exercise bike, so going to take her up on the offer of using that.better than nothing and don't really have the money for buying anything new just now. Not what I want to do but better than nothing, grrr x