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Mobility – Use It Or Lose It

Yes, ‘Use it or lose it,’ I will never forget my neurologist telling me that at probably my second or possibly first appointment with him. He didn’t actually diagnose my MS until after I’d had my first MRI, but he had a pretty good idea that was what I was affected by, based on what I’d told him, and how I presented – weak on one side of body, not able to walk at all well.

So all those yeas ago, 11 years in fact, he told me to do my best to use my mobility, to walk, as much as I could, or I might well stop being able to walk much, or at all. So that’s what I do, I walk, sometimes only a little bit, sometimes more, but I walk. It isn’t always walking as exercise, just sometimes parking a bit further away, and walking the rest of the way, sometimes it’s going for a walk (not as often as I should!), sometimes its walking deliberately, as exercise.

And today I’m proud to say was one of those deliberate walking days. I’ve been doing this a bit more recently, using the pedometer on my phone, and keeping track on how far I’ve walked when I deliberately go for a walk. Brisk steps, they are the kind of walking I keep track on, whether inside steps, or outside ones, on goes the devise and away I go, step, step, step!

I walked past this rose bush this morning, when I was doing my extra steps outside – the bush is planted next to our pool, which I walked around twice today, as well as lots of other places outside and inside.

And today I did 2,000 steps, extra ones, just over a kilometre of them, around our yard, inside, out the front, out the back, step, step, step! I care a lot about my mobility, and I’m going to keep it until the day I die, if I can, no wheelchair for me, unless I break a bone again and need it!

If you have Multiple Sclerosis too, have you been encouraged by your neurologist to keep moving, and if not, why not? I realise we aren’t all at the same stage in our MS journey, and I’m interested in hoe other people get on, feel free to leave a comment! Any tips and hints are most welcome.

After First Week of My Latest Wii Fit Exercise program

Hi friends, I’m thrilled to be able to announce the great news : I managed my first week of the necessary twenty minutes of Wii Fit exercises, as announced in a previous post, and I completed the required minutes of exercise for the 5 days of the past week.

I had to be firm with myself, and I am so pleased that I finally got it right. I ignored other things, and gave my exercise the high priority it deserves, and needs. Today, I managed even longer – completing forty minutes of exercises, as well as doing some work on my biceps and triceps with a hand weight. It feels good, and it’s becoming easier to do the exercises.

I am going to make sure I manage to keep this up, but I’m still looking for others who can work with me to keep up this program… I have lots of things going on in my life, but most of those things do little to help me to work on getting my body moving, they’re more likely to involve me sitting right where I am now, on my chair in front of the computer screeen.

I enjoy my computer time, but I know it is extremely important to work on my body as well as my mind. If I can keep doing this, thirty minutes, five days a week, I will be able to keep on going, getting around wherever I want to, however I want to! I am going to continue to Use It, so I Don’t Lose It!

Are you working on an exercise program? Do you want to be an exercise buddy? Why not leave a comment here, we can encourage each other to keep on with it!

Once again, I’m back on my Wii Fit Exercise Program!

Yesterday I decided, yet again, that I should be ‘doing more’. For me, doing more involves going outside and wandering around the place, not being lazy and actually standing up and doing things, and switching on our family’s Wii Fit Machine. I do exercises as sent via email to me almost every day. That is, they’re sent to me every day, and I almost always do them.

The website I signed up with to do these exercises every day is Daily Challenge. https://challenge.meyouhealth.com

It’s a good site, with a good community of people who want to live a better, healthier life, as I do. Yesterday I wrote on Daily Challenge that I would get back to Wii Fit, and so today, this morning in fact, that’s what I did. I switched on the machine and weighed in. I was surprised at the length of time it had been since my last exercise session – 52 days! I was happy enough with the weigh in result, and committed to doing at least ten minutes of exercises there.

I’m happy to report I actually managed to do 15 minutes of exercises, including jogging. It was a good workout, one that certainly challenged me. I hope to be able to go for longer tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that, and so on. Exercise, exercise – it’s such an easy term, and can mean many things to many different people. I know I’m capable of exercising with Wii Fit, for forty minutes  or more. I know this because I’ve done it before. I also know that as long as I don’t do too much, but keep on doing enough, I will end up feeling and being fitter and less fatigued.

When a person has MS (Multiple Sclerosis) fatigue can be a huge problem. When the slightest thing can knock you down and keep you down for hours, you might wrap yourself up with cotton wool and not do a thing. That’s not the best way to go though. One is much better off meeting small challenges, that gradually get bigger. I’m hoping that by the end of next week, I’ll be back up to at least half an hour of Wii Fit, or other exercises, five days a week or more.

So, that’s my plan – can I do it? Well I can’t see why not, with a little determination and some encouragement from friends, I can definitely do it!