One of the things I know has been good for me, is this. Physical exercise. One of the first things my neurologist said to me, at maybe the first appointment after he told me I had MS, was that I should exercise. “Move it or Lose it” were his words. At the time, I didn’t really believe exercise was going to happen much.
One day, though, I got out the family Wii Fit machine and started trying out the exercises again. I’d been keen on this form of exercising earlier on, well before I came down with this horrible disease. Back then, I was exercising to try to tone up and lose a bit of weight. Now I had a better reason – to keep being able to get around on my own!
I started the exercising with the Wii Fit machine, and gradually got better and better at doing things. I enjoyed beating my own records, and was thrilled when I was able, occasionally, to beat the records of my husband Graham and son Jake. Before Christmas I got keen on the Wii Fit again, working toward doing 30 minutes of Wii Fit every day.
This is more exercise than Dr Lee had advised, he’s said I should walk for 30 minutes every other day. So I keenly continued the Wii Fit, gradually working up to and then beyond 30 minutes. I tailored my exercise program according to how I was feeling, sometimes just doing easy things, sometimes harder things.
This way, I was able to keep going, paying attention to my body, and what it could do. I’ve had periods of time when the program falls down, and then I switch the machine back on, eventually, and start over again. I’ve noticed I become less able it I go for a few days without “working out”, but it all gets going again, eventually…
I have to confess, I haven’t done any Wii Fit at all fro nearly a week. I think I have a case of Can’t Be Bothered, because it’s so cold and gloomy. It is winter, after all. I’m sure I’ll get back into it again soon, and I’ll go back to reporting my progress to my Facebook Friends. Doing this in the past has helped me to keep on track, and keep motivated. Some people have said they feel inspired by me!
That should be enough to get me going again, but I’m afraid it isn’t working just yet. Perhaps if or when the sun starts shining again, the Wii Fit will get switched on again!