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7/20/10 7:39 A

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Assuming, you are okay with swimming I would try Water Aerobics. If you fall, what are you gonna hit? ;-)

But never do it alone (especially with MS). You need a buddy just in case your body quits before you are safely ensconced in your beach lounge chair.

"Having MS is like having a new puppy. You lay down the rules of what's allowed but sooner or later someone is going to pee on the carpet" - Shannon Gately


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DABBLE1958 Posts: 14
4/21/10 12:22 P

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I'd get myself to a physiotherapist just to get an idea about what was best to do for various muscle groups - then I've discovered the Wii Fit plus helps me relearn balance - because it tells me where my body is in space, it helps me adjust it better other times. I've been told that stationary cycling is good because of the lack of weight bearing on those hip flexors that go spastic. So it's better to ride a long time at low resistance to exercise the heart muscle, rather than focusing on the hips.
Aquacize is supposed to be great for the same reason but I'm too afraid of getting in a suit at present and the thought of getting cold then hot makes me shudder.
Tai Chi and Yoga are often good also - not so much cardio, but they strengthen for cardio later.
and there's a wonderful DVD available called "It's your choice" by the Toronto Rehab Centre - it shows various exercises for various levels of mobility - gets the blood pumping and stretches you as well.
I'm joining the Y because the exercise room at my apartment building is very far away from anywhere and I could fall off the machines and perish and no one would find me for days....it's good to be around others who can help you if you get into difficulty, I think! ;-)

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4/20/10 3:05 P

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Try www.collagevideo.com . Look up "Chair Dancing" and the good old Sit and Be Fit. It sure is hard to get the motivation when you have an exacerbation like I've had the past month. Neuro says I may stay this way, so gotta get those videos for myself.

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Stationary bike sounds like your best bet. Mine has handles that move and that works the upper body as well as lower body. It takes a little work to get on, but once you are on there it's good to go.

"......If You always do what You've always done, You're always going to get the same results."


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ESMERELDA1220's Photo ESMERELDA1220 Posts: 3,229
6/19/09 8:07 P

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I go to the YMCA in Boynton Beach. We have a majority of older folks and no one looks like they are training for olympics. There are some younger men and women who train up and I watch them for ideas on new exercises. I could give a hoot less what other people are doing. They have the equipment and I can make good use of it...but it is as you say, whatever makes you comfortable...

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6/19/09 1:42 A

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I am mobile and know that makes a big difference, but every time I go shopping I use my bags as weights, spreading my load out so I can lift them bags of potatoes are good as medicine balls and different size tins are ideal for you smaller weights! I was going to a fit for fun at the local Gym, but more and more people started and they were training for the Olympics the way they were so aggressive and now I do not go!
Do what you feel good with!

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JOY_BEE's Photo JOY_BEE Posts: 115
6/18/09 3:24 P

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Thanks

I do have a wii fit, right now I just do the basic step exercise (while holding onto a chair for support). I will have to try playing tennis and boxing sitting down. I just recently got a treadmill that I try to walk on for 5 min. or more a day, but i have to hold on to something for balance and support (that actually gets my heart rate up though and makes me sweat). I'm always looking for new ideas, so thank you and please post more if you think of any.

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6/18/09 11:51 A

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Welcome! Welcome!
If you can get to a gym and start slowly you will be amazed how much you will improve...but I will say that the Wii is FANTASTIC! Its fun and healthy. I have improved by balance dramatically and I have muscles I never had from lifting weights at the gym. You can get you own set of weights for home. Free weights are the best way to build and tone...and you don't have to lift big weights either. You lift what you can handle and then you will be surprised when it becomes easy and you go to the next level...
My doctor told me to go to the gym if possible. What ever works...but the Wii...WOW!

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ELEYNE's Photo ELEYNE Posts: 333
6/18/09 9:15 A

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Hi, JNL0814.

Welcome to the Sparks Team. emoticon

I really sympathize with your dilemma. I AM stuck in a wheelchair and was having trouble finding any way to keep my heart healthy, too. I didn't want to end up like my poor mother-in-law who just quit even trying to get any exercise when it became difficult. Now all of her systems are slowly shutting down because of her lack of exercise. No way was I going to have that happen to me.

My oldest son, who also has MS and musr use a wheelchair, is able to use a stationary bike, as well as some of the other equipment at the gym. He goes after the early businessmen have departed, so he can get a bit of extra help if needed.

On the other hand, I can't get to the gym and needed some activities I can do on my own. For a while, I used a set of bike pedals on the floor, until spasticity in my 'bad' leg became a problem. I moved that bike thing up on the table and cranked away at it for 10 - 15 minutes. It did get my heart pumping, but some days it made my shoulders hurt and, yep, it got boring.

Then I discovered that I could use some of the activities on the kids' Wii Fit game. Now, I can 'box' for 20 or 30 minutes, or 'jog'. I get my heart pumping, and it's a lot more fun. I can also 'bowl', play 'ping-pong', 'baseball', and other 'active' games, all from my wheelchair.

Laughter is a greast addition to exercise, and, for me, makes a 'solitary' activity enjoyable. And when the kids get home, we play more games.



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6/17/09 10:36 P

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Hi,

I'm relatively new to SP. I was wondering if anyone knows of a good place to find cardio workouts for people with mobility problems. I have trouble walking, although I am not confined to a wheel chair, I have really bad balance and stability when standing with out something to lean on. I do some yoga, and I have a pilates machine, but I miss the days when I could just go out side and run, or play soccer. Does anyone have ideas or suggestions for some good cardio I could do? I am also trying to keep my muscles moving, I do plenty of strength training.

Thanks for your help

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