Exercise

Is physical exercise good for me

Is physical exercise good for me

I believe that exercise is good for me and essential to having a good quality of life even despIte suffering from aDVANCED ms MS. It is an excellent activity to re-connect the mind and body before or after a long day of stress. My MS stops aerobic exercise, getting all hot and sweaty. Even just […]

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Multiple sclerosis is a vile disease

Multiple sclerosis is a vile disease

MS smothers you, wraps you up in its tentacles and replaces energy with fatigue. I can no longer do things that other people take completely for granted. Even worse there is nothing predictable about it except it just gets worse and worse and worse. It can even lurk in the body for years before its […]

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It all began 38 years ago in 1981

It all began 38 years ago in 1981

I was 19 and I started to experience numbness and pins and needles in my fingertips. It all began 38 years ago in 1981. The doctors suspected a trapped nerve in my shoulder, because I carry a heavy portfolio at work. I was an artist’s agent working in advertising for a leading creative agency company […]

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Every morning I have to stretch my stiff muscles

Every morning I have to stretch my stiff muscles

Getting straight out of bed and immediately walking into the bathroom, don’t make me laugh :-). Every morning I have to stretch my stiff muscles. What did I do in my sleep? Was I racing Mo Farah last night or was it just a nightmare? Whatever it was, it has left my muscles scrunched up. An […]

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Multiple sclerosis is a funny old disease

Multiple sclerosis is a funny old disease

Multiple sclerosis is a funny old disease. No it is definitely not funny ha ha. Trying to get my head around continual progression ain’t easy. There are always changes and it catches me out. I just get the hang of what’s happening then there is a bit more progression. Multiple sclerosis is a funny old […]

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Can I walk at least six kilometres

Can I walk at least six kilometres

On 24th September 2017 the MS Society is organising a sponsored walk called ‘Together we walk’. On their website they state ‘This September hundreds of MS Superstars, our friends and families, will join forces in London to take in the sights and raise funds to stop MS. Will you join us?’ Can I walk at […]

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Saddle stool to move around in the kitchen

Saddle stool to move around in the kitchen

I suffer from advanced multiple sclerosis and I cannot walk or stand unaided. I use a variable height saddle stool, it makes my life so much easier. Now I can easily move around in the kitchen. What a change it has made to my life. Now I can move around in the kitchen doing jobs that […]

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Going back to Pilates

Going back to Pilates

I have missed my last four Pilates’ sessions. They are on a Friday morning but I have been away. Going back to Pilates was a bit like going back to school after the Easter or Christmas break. Going back to Pilates Don’t get me wrong I enjoy Pilates. It helps me with the biggest problems […]

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Do my morning exercises

Do my morning exercises

As little as ten years ago I would wake up and get out of bed without a thought. Such bliss, such joy. Now when I wake up I always feel horribly stiff. It’s a huge effort to turn over onto my back so I can swing my legs out of bed and sit on the […]

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Walking is sensible exercise

Walking is sensible exercise

Walking is sensible exercise. It is gentle, and it is low impact. It’s simple and effective. Even better, its free. Sensible exercise is about increasing your general activity and finding things to do that you enjoy. OK, I know that some of you can’t walk, it must be so frustratng. I can’t walk unless I […]

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British Summer Time Returns

British Summer Time Returns

The last full weekend in March, British Summer Time returns 🙂 . The clocks go forward an hour and everything else takes a great leap forward. Finally its bye-bye to winter, Spring is now well under way. British Summer Time returns In the woods and the garden there are signs that everything is waking up. […]

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They say they have MS and run a marathon

They say they have MS and run a marathon

You say you have MS and run a marathon. I think that is a contradiction. Should someone who runs a long way state they have MS? Do they understand what MS is really like? It’s the elephant in my room 24/7 it stands over me, watching my every move. This elephant is waiting to catch me […]

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Wobble Cushion

Wobble Cushion

I bought a Wobble Cushion in 2012. My balance was much better then than it is now in 2016 multiple sclerosis has killed off my walking and sense of balance.. Nowadays I cannot walk unaided. So what is a wobble cushion? The best description is to imagine a rubber cushion filled with air and it is made […]

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Swimming is proper exercise

Swimming is proper exercise

At hydrotherapy I had unexpectedly found myself swimming doggy paddle. Suddenly I realise swimming is proper exercise. There is no fear of falling over. It uses so many muscles. It is healthy exercise and no fear of falling over, call it a water workout. Feeling exhilarated by the thought of swimming a few strokes I […]

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Repairing my rotator cuff

Repairing my rotator cuff

Repairing my rotator cuff was my operation in August 2014. Its now December 2015, that was more than 15 months ago. My shoulder now has a full range of movement but no strength when lifting my arm up to the horizontal position. I assumed this would to be my misfortune for the rest of my […]

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Now Its My Turn To Walk the MS Mile

Now Its My Turn To Walk the MS Mile

After several weeks of training the big day arrived. 12 September, now it’s my turn to walk the MS Mile. Getting there My training was walking 100 yard lengths with my Rollator. I felt huge benefits from the exercise, I feel more positive and my balance is now so much better. I am now walking distances […]

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Walk the MS Mile. Video, Good Exercise For Me

Walk the MS Mile. Video, Good Exercise For Me

Good exercise is something we all need to do. It gets those muscles working.   Since I signed up for the ‘Walk the MS Mile’ for the Chilterns MS Centre I have gone out nearly every day with my rollator pushing myself to walk the yards. I started training in early August and now it […]

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Walk the MS Mile

Walk the MS Mile

On 12 September 2015 I will be walking 1,760 yards or 1 mile, to help the Chilterns MS Centre  celebrate its 30th birthday. The Challenge Maybe you don’t think that is very far; for me it is one heck of a challenge. I have always liked a challenge, I’m definitely up for this one. The […]

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Inactivity kills more than obesity

Inactivity kills more than obesity

Be active, it really is good for you even if you are grossly overweight. Obesity Not taking enough exercise is more likely to kill you than obesity BUT obesity in children is linked with an increased risk of MS and other autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s Disease. Inactivity Believe it or not you do not need to […]

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Multiple Sclerosis and Tai Chi

Multiple Sclerosis and Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art. Shibashi, a form of Tai Chi, are 18 simple exercises that are easy to learn Recently I attended a physiotherapy session at the MS Therapy Centre at Halton where I was introduced to the Shibashi exercise routines. Multiple Sclerosis and Tai Chi Shibashi are coordinated movements performed in a […]

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Yes I Agree, Exercise is Good For MS Sufferers

Yes I Agree, Exercise is Good For MS Sufferers

Lots of learned people are now saying that exercise is good for MS sufferers and yes I agree. I have always thought that exercise is good for you. On what basis can I back up this obvious statement for MS sufferers? A bit of background Our Golden Retriever, Tonks, did something to one her knees […]

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Bonkers daughter

Bonkers daughter

One of my daughters enjoys a challenge. Its the same attitude that mountaineers have to mountains, they only climb them because they are there. She and a group of friends are going to cycle the length of Britain, Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for charity. The distance they cycle will be 1000 […]

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Make time for exercise

Make time for exercise

I think that you should always ensure there is enough time each day to take exercise. Feel healthier Exercise helps to create a healthier body and to keep a healthy mind. Research shows that exercise helps to ease the symptoms of  MS. Find the exercises that suit you and can be a part of your […]

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A Healthy Life

A Healthy Life

Everyone says how important it is to stay healthy. Do I hear you say ‘How can I be healthy when I’ve got a disability?’ Disabled does not mean unhealthy As a general rule, if you lead a healthy life then you are looking after yourself and your disability at the same time.  Here are some […]

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Step Counter

Step Counter

Omron HJ005 Step Counter is useful if you are physically disabled but mobile and want to know how active you are. The Omron step counter keeps a record of the number of steps you walk.  Regular exercise is important, not just to be physically fit, using your muscles will keep keep your bones strong. Exercise […]

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Paralympic Games legacy

Paralympic Games legacy

Almost 9 out of 10 sports clubs saw no change in the number of people with disabilities joining their ranks after the London Games. Paralympic Games legacy The Sport and Recreation alliance have discovered that 86% of clubs said they had noticed no change in the number of enquiries they had received from people with […]

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Pedal Exercise With Digital Display

Pedal Exercise With Digital Display

If you cannot get outside then use the Pedal Exercise With Digital Display to take regular exercise in the house. Taking exercise is really really important It is an easy way to gently exercise your legs or arms. The resistance from the pedals can be adjusted to increase or decrease the effort required.It folds for […]

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Power of exercise

Power of exercise

One of the problems of progressive physical diseases is that you can lose the ability to enjoy the power of exercise MS has stolen those moments. Exercise creates an endorphin rush, that feel good feeling, to a large extent this euphoric feeling is now history. For several years after my diagnosis multiple sclerosis was just […]

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Selecting a rollator

Selecting a rollator

I have been going to the Chiltern Multiple Sclerosis Centre in Wendover, Bucks since 1997. Its a fact of life A couple of years ago in 2009 Louise Wakelam, Head of Professional services, suggested that I buy a rollator as a walking aid. I had developed a tendency to stagger and lurch when walking. I […]

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Wrist weights help my balance

Wrist weights help my balance

My sense of balance has been steadily getting worse, multiple sclerosis is the culprit. What can I do to reduce the rate of deterioration? I’m sure exercise, particularly walking, helps me to have good balance. Wrist Weights help my balance and I did not realise how much I use my balance until I started to lose it. […]

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