I know many people affected by this disease and have chosen to walk in the Mandarin MS Walk this coming weekend.  On top of walking I have been asked to lead the warm-up for the event happening in Markham, Ontario.  I am both honored and thrilled to be actively part of this event.

 

CSEP (The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology) who sets the standard for physical activity guidelines has a great PDF on the guidelines specific for people living with MS.  Here are some important tips to take away from it:

  • For important fitness benefits, adults with MS who have mild or moderate disability need at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity, 2 times per week, and strength training exercises for major muscle groups, 2 times per week.
  • Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and stretching are great activities to do in addition to the physical activities you do to meet the guidelines.  They can build flexibility, balance, and body awareness.

Heat is a factor when it comes to MS so here are some ways to avoid overheating:

  • be active in air conditioned spaces on hot, humid days
  • drink lots of cool water
  • keep a spray bottle of water nearby
  • consider doing pool-based activities
  • consider investing in cooling equipment such as a vest, collar or cuffs

Have a fit day!

MSWALK

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