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Old 07-02-2014, 04:09 PM
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Default Lifestyle physical activity in persons with MS: Doable or wishful thinking?

Researchers make an interesting point that even though exercise is heavily touted to help MSers, 80% don't meet recommended levels. Can this be changed? If yes, how can we help folks make that change? - Dave

Lifestyle physical activity in persons with multiple sclerosis: the new kid on the MS block
Robert W Motl
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
•Robert W Motl, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 233 Freer Hall, 906 South Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL, 61801, USA.

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Supervised exercise training has substantial benefits for persons with multiple sclerosis (MS), yet 80% of those with MS do not meet recommended levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). This same problem persisted for decades in the general population of adults and prompted a paradigm shift away from “exercise training for fitness” toward “physical activity for health.” The paradigm shift reflects a public health approach of promoting lifestyle physical activity through behavioral interventions that teach people the skills, techniques, and strategies based on established theories for modifying and self-regulating health behaviors. This paper describes: (a) the definitions of and difference between structured exercise training and lifestyle physical activity; (b) the importance and potential impact of the paradigm shift; (c) consequences of lifestyle physical activity in MS; and (d) behavioral interventions for changing lifestyle physical activity in MS. The paper introduces the “new kid on the MS block” with the hope that lifestyle physical activity might become an accepted partner alongside exercise training for inclusion in comprehensive MS care.
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Thanks Dave!

I would be interested in reading more. Do you have to subscribe to pubmed to see the full article?
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PF, it was published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal. Alas, it is not free. Here is the direct link:

http://msj.sagepub.com/content/early...25873.abstract
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