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bongolady posted:
New to this site, but very optimistic!
Anyone trying to stay fit while coping with Multiple Sclerosis?, would love some feedback and support too!.
Thanks all.
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Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
Hi bongolady,

Welcome to the site and thanks for starting this thread. There are many resources for people who have MS and want to exercise. It's a good thing to do, and safe if you follow some simple precautions. I won't reinvent the wheel since the information here at WebMD and the ther resources I posted is very good, but I will emphasize two important points. 1) your energy level will fluctuate day to day and so on some days you may need to cut back a little, and on other days it will be better. You have to listen toy our body and get used to the patterns, and then it will be okay. You also may be sensitive to heat and so you need to pay attention to that; avoid hot environments when you exercise, and stay hydrated. And although you don't have fibromyalgia, there's a book titled, "Fibromyalgia: Simple Relief Through Movement" by Stacie Bigelow that will have many helpful hints that apply to MS.

Here are the resources I recommend.

http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/multiple-sclerosis-exercise

For support: http://exchanges.webmd.com/Multiple-Sclerosis-exchange

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100218141813.htm

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/healthy-living/exercise/index.as
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http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=HOM_GEN_healthology_exercise

http://www.msfocus.org/

I hope that helps. Feel free to post back if you have more questions.
Rich