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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Improve Your Strength and Balance With Pilates for MS

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Trying Pilates for MS

I’ve written many articles and blog posts about the benefits of exercise for multiple sclerosis (MS), but it occurred to me recently that I don’t actually practice what I preach! I talk the talk but always find excuses not to walk the walk (or stagger the stagger in my case).
I worry about exercise making fatigue worse and being unable to meet all my daily commitments like work and taking care of my children. I also worry about how much I can physically do due to my disabilities.
How can I join an exercise class, for example, when I can’t walk well or stand for long periods? How can I go swimming when heat intolerance makes getting dressed again impossible?
I needed to find something I could do at home on my own terms and at my own pace, so I started to make enquiries about private Pilates lessons.
I’d been talking to a friend with MS a few months ago who’d done a six-week course of Pilates and the results were amazing. She’d managed to get rid of her walking stick as her strength and balance had improved so much. I figured I might be able to improve and either get rid of one of my sticks or at least improve my confidence with two.

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