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  • Nicole_S
    Have you implemented physical activity—yoga or other non-cardio or cardio exercise—into your routine? Has this helped you in managing your MS symptoms?  What creative ways have you adapted your approach?  Please share what you’ve found to work—or not—for you!
  • capitolcarol
    Hi Nicole,

    I think everything that I have read about MS always mentioned the importance of daily exercises.   In spite of lots of pain, I have kept up with daily exercises and weekly yoga.  I don't know if it helps, but I know  overall it makes me feel better, not necessarily physically, more like a state of being.  I know I would probably be a lot worse off if I did not exercise.  
  • Nicole_S
    Hi CapitolCarol,
    I would venture a guess that if you are overall feeling better even if it’s more of a “state of being” then it’s working. :) I suffer from chronic pain and know that if I don’t keep moving that pain is worse. On days my pain is really kicking into high gear and I can’t do my normal yoga routine I at least try stretching in bed before getting up, I found that even doing something as simple as that helps me to keep moving.
  • KariAnn
    It may sound counter-intuitive, but I find that exercise reduces my pain and spasticity.  I do two days of low impact cardio (elliptical machine, stair stepper or rowing) per week and two days of weight lifting per week. I have terrible balance so I haven't been able to do yoga without falling.  For me, the key was to start slow and gradually build intensity.  If I'm having a good day, I push myself.  If I'm having a bad day (weak, tired), I still work out but reduce the weight or the number of reps or the length of the workout, otherwise, it can take several days to recover from a workout.  I tried two different personal trainers at my gym, but they had trouble adapting their standard workouts.  My neurologist sent me to a physical therapist who gave me some great tips and suggestions for exercises.  Hope this helps.  Best wishes!
  • kakeman14
    It's a balancing act for me. Too much exercise causes pain and fatigue, not enough causes depression. I try to at least stretch every day to relieve some of my spasticity. I have a definite problem though with lack of motivation. I feel like every time I attempt to exercise on a regular basis I suffer a set back. I guess I need to keep chugging along and hope for the best.
  • setty1333
    I work with my trainer on exercises that connect my mind to my body. So in other words..push-ups while holding a foam roller. Holding and hanging from pull up. We do lots that engage the hands. Also lunges with lateral shoulder raises etc. all these exercises really help for everyday activities and ways to keep mind and body connected. I also use therapy balls to help hand strength at home. I do Pilates once a week also. Along with teaching high intensity group classes. 
  • nathalietje
    First of all...Hi :) 

    I'm new on this forum, I came checking here after I saw something very intresting passing by on Instagram.
    In 2012 I got diagnosed with MS. A year ago I had troubles with my balance due an attack on my brainstern, I was dizzy all the time. The walls were my friends that time.
    But to stay on topic, I started to go to the gym 6 months ago by doing exercises with heavy weights + I started with my new medication too. With my past check up my docter said that my balance improved a lot.
    It might come from my gym time or maybe not but I do believe that exercises helped me a lot. And it also let me feel tired from doing things instead of feeling tired from my illness.
    So I'm very positve believer that exercises do help you mentally and physically. :)
  • Nicole_S
    Hi nathalietje,
    Welcome to the Community, I’m so glad you found us!  I too have seen positive differences from exercising. I do some form of yoga stretching with light weights and meditation, I’ve noticed improvements as well but not as much as I’d like to see…. which has more to do with not sticking to a routine, life gets busy and I get too distracted with other things. Goal for me this year is to set a scheduled routine and stick with it. Finger crossed!
  • jamieclair1
    Hi Natalie. Did your dizziness improve from working out ? Also, can I ask what medication you are taking....Thank you.
  • Nicole_S
    Hi Everyone,
    Thak you for sharing what you do to help manage your symptoms, keep the ideas coming! If you would like more information on the different types of activities you can do to help manage your MS symptoms and missed our telelearning webinar on Yoga and Non-Cardio Exercises: Your Allies in Managing MS Symptoms and Improving Overall Health you can access the recording by clicking on the below link.
    Yoga and Non-Cardio Exercises: Your Allies in Managing MS Symptoms and Improving Overall Health
    Online Community Manager
  • bbestherrose
    Exercise for me  is a daily battle.I started counting housework etc into exercise and saw it add up.From the waste down my pain severe from legs to a torn muscle prob that will throw my back out if over done.Each day is new.Pat yourself on the back anytime you can.A year ago at weight 120lb ekgs fine, blood work fine i had a quad bypass with this MS.Point made is that MS may not end us but it can begin us.There was nothing but genetics for the heart.Chair exercises on utube or dvd, guidance from those who know...start somewhere.When I have to stay still, pictures, music song, listening to anothers problems or just getting the rest I personally need is what must be done.Ive heard the rudeness of  IF I HAD THE TIME YOU DID... etc...Do what YOU need to do.Dont compare, ask rude to leave.Exercise is physical mental spiritual...Remember you are a winner ...period.
  • nathalietje
    Hi Jamieclair1 :)

    My dizzyness/spinnies got reduced when I started to take Arlevertan. For me it helped. My balance improved a lot when I started to do exercises. It went better bit by bit and my docter sees a lot of improvement too. I hope this info helps for you. :)
  • acolicci22
    Hi all,

    I am also new to this site.  I was diagnosed with relapsing/remitting MS in August of 2016.  My balance was definitely off, along with some weakness in my left arm.  I started going to the gym with a friend in November, and can definitely see a positive change in my balance, as well as the strength coming back in my arm.  It has actually been enough to allow me to get back on the soccer field, and play competitively with my co-workers.  It hurts sometimes, and I have days when I can't do as much as other days, but doing something is better than nothing.  Hope this helps, good luck!
  • ysteele
    I have found that a light carido workout would be a great benefit to me. But i have also learned that I have to be mindful of the tempature, and how much of my energy I have already used to get through the first part of the day. If I can emotionally keep up let alone physically. I went from running 4-5 miles 4-5 days a week, to praying I can make it up the stairs to go to bed... I miss my activie life.:)

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