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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,364
4/18/13 12:23 A

She should definitely get professional advice on this.

But as a starting point for questions to ask her doctor:

* swimming or water walking can be good ways to get in cardio without overheating (which can be a cause of flare-ups)
* strength training can help combat muscle wastage that is sometimes associated with MS, and can help maintain mobility
* something like a stationary bike can be good for those with balance issues

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TACDGB Posts: 6,136
4/17/13 11:36 P

it all depends on the kind of MS they have.......my ex hubby has MS and he lives in his wheel chair...can't workout at all. Then I take weight lifting class with a lady who also has MS and she does just fine.........So this person needs to ask her doctor about this.

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4/17/13 1:22 P

I am a licensed occupational therapist and this question is a subjective one. The person with MS would need to make the best choices. If they are not used to going to the gym a very light workout is extremely important. You do not want to exacerbate their condition. I would go with swimming to begin with unless the water is hot which is usually a problem for MS. Doing the machines with the lighest resistance, using the bike with no resistance and going only until they begin to fatigue. This is a progressive fittness program so they do a little and then see what happens after that session and then return for more once they see there is no complications. I see lots of seniors at the gym so just watch or ask them! A personal training session might also be of value. Exercise is ideal and yoga or pilates is perfect but going at a very gradual pace.

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4/17/13 1:11 P

MS symptoms differ greatly, so it's best to have her evaluated by a trainer or doctor or physio with experience in the field.

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4/17/13 12:38 P

I have joined gym with fellowTops members. One member has MS and and we want to know what exercise routine would be best for her. Any suggestions?

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