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Old 06-22-2018, 08:17 AM
viriditasJay viriditasJay is offline
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hondo, thanks for your post...was very active but at 65 and 47 years of ms have slowed down. Ocrevus has been very positive after only the first infusion, and I've regained some motion, will try your suggestion to get back to cardio level workouts. thanks
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Old 07-09-2018, 12:40 PM
Hondo Hondo is offline
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Default Variety and Summer heat (oh joy)

I hope you're starting to get some cardio in. I don't think there's an alternative if you're trying to maximize your health. Some important thoughts:
1. Dial the intensity back during these hot summer days. Do your workouts, something every day if you can, but ease back on both the intensity and duration while the sun is baking us. Still try to get at least 35 min during cardio days, but lower the resistance, break up your sets, wet your tshirt a bit for evaporative cooling, drink ice water and rest in between sets.
2. Variety - To keep it fresh, do some cardio days with legs focus, some with upper body focus and some mixed upper and lower body. For example, do 4 sets of 8 min on a bike or elliptical, then another day do 4 sets of 8 min on a rope or hand ergometer, then 4 sets of 8 min on an elliptical, or have some days where you do 2 sets of upper and 2 sets of lower body work.

It's enough of a challenge to make sure you stay on track, while its hot so don't overdo it. Just keep working. On off cardio days, add some strength and/or flexibility training. Weight lifting(arm curls, bench presses, leg squats, ab/adductors) or Flexibility (yoga, pilates) make a great compliment.
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:00 PM
Hondo Hondo is offline
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Default September update

I'm excited to report that the Summer heat is breaking in the Northwest and progress is in the air. I've continued to work on the elliptical and rope, but have been able to add a bit of yoga and some dumbbell work.

The results:
1. I haven't fallen this year.
2. I've golfed since high school and at 52 with 18 years of MS, just shot my lowest round ever (81!) on consecutive Saturdays. That's about 10 strokes below my handicap. Golf combines power, balance, creativity and managing emotions so I'm really jazzed about this.
3. I'm stronger with each month.
4. I still have loads of issues, but again, when science catches up and finds a cure I want to be ready.

If you're doing this as well, let us know. It's hard, but it matters.
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Old 09-20-2018, 03:19 PM
MS Yoda
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Colorado
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Ha, congrats on the golf score, that is a biggie! Takes core and coordination to play golf, no small thing for sure. Nice job Hondo.
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Old 11-18-2018, 01:35 PM
randman randman is offline
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Loving this thread! indeed
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Old 02-06-2019, 06:55 PM
Hondo Hondo is offline
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Default Back at it after a setback

Haven't posted in a while. Here's why. In October I walked down stairs in my house to check things before going to bed. Didn't turn the light on (because I'm sometimes an idiot). Had one more step to go, but thought I was on the ground. Took a confident step forward and crashed into the wall opposite the stairs and snapped my arm in half. A real mess, but not MS-related. Surgery with plate and screws and 3+ months later, I'm back at the gym. Slowly. And painfully. Lots of muscle atrophy with prescribed rest, so starting over almost at the beginning. I'm doing the intervals I described one day, lifting with lower body the next day, and lifting with upper body the third day, rinse, repeat.

I've been back in the gym about a month. My range of motion on the broken wing is almost back. I've put on 15 pounds due to inactivity and the Holidays and working to get that off. I have another 5-6 weeks until my surgeon will let me golf. This is humbling because I lost so much progress, but it's just time and effort, and I've got loads of those both. I guess the message here is that this is a journey and if you decide that you're never giving up, you just keep competing. Period.
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