Last reply 1 year ago
MS and Martial Arts – How to keep at it?

I was diagnosed with MS about four years ago. I immediately started implementing lifestyle intervention programs (diet, exercise, etc.). The form of exercise that I’ve found to be most helpful to me is martial arts. I’ve been studying a Korean martial art called Soo Bahk Do for a bit over a year. It’s been great for my flexibility, balance and strength. My body tolerates it much better than running and weight lifting. I also enjoy it more, which helps with the motivation. All that to say, I want to keep doing this as long as I can. Any advice out there from others who have been able to practice something like this over many years post diagnosis?

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1 year ago

That’s impressive! So good, too, that you enjoy it. I expect you are a load fitter than many of your non-MS friends. I try my best with swimming and have just started personal training. It’s a lifelong struggle to keep the weight off and maintain level of fitness, but as my physio loves to remind me: ‘You have no choice. You have to live a happy, healthy life’.

I’m happy to hear such a positive story
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1 year ago

I was always keen on swimming and it’s now one of my most important coping mechanisms, things go a big mad if I don’t get to go swim sometimes, and it really helps.

I try to set myself little goals like trying to get a bit faster/swim a bit longer in a week, or at the moment working towards a swimathon to do something good with all that effort.

I think the fact that martial arts are also quite social should hopefully help you feel motivated to continue but I think you’ve also got to take it as it comes and remember it’s not the end of your world if you need to take a break and do something a bit less full on. 🙂 but
I reckon if you enjoy it and feel good doing it that’s a good place to start from

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