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Originally Posted By: Orch
...I am just glad I can run, when I was first diagnosed with MS I could not run at all. My right leg did not work correctly.
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My class is incredibly difficult. And for months I struggled. But I would never stop.
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All the stretching helps. So try to do as much as you can.
I am! I want to ride my roadbike in comfort again!


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Thurssday: walk 4 miles (80 minutes) and 30 minute stretching


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Scrubbed 3 bathrooms and scoured my kitchen. 2 hours. Still huffing and puffing.

I was going to try to make it back to my old-fave aerobics class, but I figured I should expend some energy on the home-front first!!

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Oh yeah, and picked apples and pears, 30 minutes.


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Cleaning house and picking fruit!
Fantastic exercise, Donette!
You are officially a domestic goddess 1cup


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Tuesday 16 November
Walked 0.5 mile with my kids and it took us 20 minutes.

We got followed by a dog (don't know if he is friendly or not) he usually eyes us up when we walk past and "escorts" us from a slight distance right around the property he lives in until we pass round the corner and up the road. This time he was totally hot on our heels! I picked up my baby and the other two kiddies clung close to me so we moved as one! I have to admit my heart was racing like crazy - oh well bit of extra cardio work there! If it was not for having to reassure the kids and keep us all moving slowly, steadily and quietly I think I would have frozen on the spot! Walking is supposed to be my "safe" sport! laugh2 eek woof eek laugh2


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Thursday 18 November
Walked 150 metres... realised it was going to rain so jogged/walked purposefully 150 metres back home again to get my umbrella! Then walked 1/2 mile in rain then 1/2 mile back in howling gale and pouring rain lashing down!
Total exercise: walked 1 mile / 30 minutes

Although I had wrapped up warm and wore furry boots, I popped into the shower when I got home as I looked like I had been dragged through a hedge backwards! When I got out my feet and toes went red/white and blotchy, swelled up slightly and hurt/tingled/itched like hell! They are still not quite back to normal today. I tell you what, this walking is turning out to be quite hazzardous all in all!!!!!


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Originally Posted By: ladybuggie
I remember when you were dx with the MS...it was after one of the biologics right?


Thanks for the support it is great to know we have an AS team here. I had six great pain free months, then the MS started to set in, still pain free just dizzy, and could not get my legs to work correctly. The first test they did was a nerve conduction test. While doing the test the tech said I don't know what the problem is, but I know it is not your legs or lower back. My reaction time was really good. I just try to be thankful that I can run again, and I know I could wake up one morning, and not be able to run.


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Hey Buggie cheerleader right back at ya!

Thanks so much for your fantasticly helpful reply!
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Exactly what type of class are you taking Tink? Is it a bootcamp or cardio?

This is a hard one... there is a different class every day and every week the classes change focus.
Sometimes I go to the muscel reinforcement class and sometimes the fitness class.

The reinforcement one is actually the class I find harder. The instructor seems to work one side of your body quite hard before changing sides... she is pretty relentless actually! I stop long before each exercise is complete. Upper body exercise (especially arms) hurt my neck and upper back very quickly. Leg exercises aggrevate my lower back and buttocks. Impact like jumping jacks, as you call them (yes I do mean those when I say star jumps! heehee) hurt my ankles, knees and feet. This is the class I find the most helpful for stretching my body out but the hardest to modify. As part of the floor exercises toward the end you lie on your tummy and raise your head, and lift your arms, feet and knees off the floor at the same time... I mean who can DO that? Also sit ups just kill my neck and upper back. I don't do enough to get out of breath! lol (this might be due to C-section with 3rd child - stomach muscels are maybe too weak).

This all sounds very negative, but in actual fact my AS is very good at the moment generally... when I am not pushing myself too hard (or going crazy diet wise). Some of the exercise seems to be helping me and some making me worse... so I am trying to take things VERY gently to try and identify what works for me.

The Fitness class is in the main part cardio. I can do this OK but not when it is jogging or running on the spot etc (as mentioned). It is easy to slow down the pace and modify the exercise in this class, however.

Breathing is a HUGE part of all the classes. The instructors constantly remind you to breath properly and I think this is excellent for me and am feeling the benefit a great deal.
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When you are out of breath stand upright and put your hands over your head or crossed behind your neck. You get more oxygen that way as opposed to what most folks do which is lean forward with hands on knees. yes

Great tip, thanks rainbow

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What do 500g equal to in lbs? I use 1lbs or 2lbs.

500g is equivalent to a 1 lb weight. I have discovered that the arm exercises we were doing with the weights hurt me without the weights!!! So have abandoned these for now!

You really inspire me with your KMKB, I love the discipline of going to an exercise class yes
Since I was a young girl I have always enjoyed tough physical exercise and pushing yourself through pain barriers etc and stretching yourself and your endurance. But (AS aside for a minute), I suppose I am out of shape, anyway, since having my 3 children. I was already doing Yoga, water aerobics and a fitness class before I got pregnant with my first child (and my AS was in remission) so I carried on with these classes well into my pregnancy (under the strict guideance of my instructors). After the birth of my daughter I resumed the fitness class only. From my pregnancy with my second child, having my third child and until quite recently, I have only done swimming (during the warm months) and nothing else regularly... although with 3 children 6 year and under I am always on the move one way or another! lol

For this reason, I realise that I am going to find the classes hard anyway. It is the fact that my main AS sites are getting aggrevated that concerns me. Am I making these areas inflammed/is my AS flaring or do these areas just need working on to improve them? I am obviously not expecting you to answer that question! I am going to consult my doctor about this. To be totally honest, discovering the extent of my limitations is quite a shock... I am really quite a newbie as far as my AS goes in some ways, you see. I was in a state initially, then NSD turned my life around, I was in remission while I had my children and now it has come back to bite me. I kind of feel like I am learning about my AS all over again. Don't mean to sound like a spoilt wassit - I just want to help myself with exercise and I'm confused crazy eek2 smile

I started a thread in this forum to discuss this topic and will take on board your points too, thanks so much for your take on exercise classes - being someone who takes a KickA$$ class herself! I really appreciate it.
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