One thing I have learnt with having my MS is to keep active. Being off work for 5 months and spending a lot of time on the couch, eating more and sleeping I have naturally put on a few extra pounds. I don't mind the extra pounds, it's the strength I want to keep up with.
Only fitting, I signed up for a membership at my local MS society here in Saskatoon. $18 for two years gets me a membership at the YWCA gym and access to other great resources. I decided to get up off the couch and make my way to the strength training class. It was a great experience and I am thankful I was able to get myself there to try it out.
I was excited, but very hesitant on the whole experience, not knowing what I would be capable of. I was nervous I wouldn't have guidance and I'd look like a hot mess trying to figure out what machine to use, if I was doing it right or even working the proper muscles. Luckily, there was a trainer that worked with me the entire hour to introduce me to a couple a machines, found a weight that would be good to start with and some warm up and cool down exercises.
I have lost a lot of strength in my arms over the last 5 months so I am starting the Chest press and Shoulder press at the 10 pound mark, 2-3 sets with 12-15 reps. I am riding the bike for 20 minutes for some cardio and as I attend more sessions they will continue to add a couple more machines to my routine to work every area of my body.
It is so important to keep active, I plan on going to these classes every Tuesday and Thursday, do some yoga at home and get to the gym at least one or two more times a week depending on how well I'm doing that day. My aim is to tone my body but more importantly to keep my body healthy to slow down any progression of the disease.
Anyone else with MS, have you been taking steps to make sure you stay as healthy as possible? Feel free to share your experience in the comment section below !