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LA Times: Exercise Boosts QOL; Yoga, Pilates & Poolwork Helpful (Web Chat 5/2)

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  • LA Times: Exercise Boosts QOL; Yoga, Pilates & Poolwork Helpful (Web Chat 5/2)

    Happening TODAY (5/2).

    Exercise has health benefits for people with multiple sclerosis and can improve their quality of life. Learn the hows and whys of exercise and MS in a live Web chat on May 2 at 11 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. CDT, 2 p.m. EDT). Chat guest Dr. Barbara Giesser, clinical professor of neurology at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine and medical director of the Marilyn Hilton MS Achievement Center at UCLA will be on hand to take questions and offer resources for those with MS.

    We asked Dr. Giesser what benefits a fitness regimen can offer people who have MS.

    ..."A study of exercise in people with MS showed that when they did a fairly vigorous aerobic exercise workout on a stationary bicycle three times a week, they not only decreased their serum lipids and increased aerobic capacity, but their mood was also improved and they socialized more, resulting in better quality of life. Some studies have reported that certain exercise regimens may improve muscle strength and walking speed.

    "Fatigue is the most common symptom of MS and can prevent people with MS from performing many daily activities," she added, "but a regular exercise regimen is often very beneficial in improving this fatigue."

    ..."Many people with MS report benefits from yoga," she said, "including increased flexibility and decreased spasticity, and decreased fatigue. Swimming in a cool (not more than 85 degrees) pool is excellent exercise and provides an aerobic workout without someone becoming overheated. A pool also allows people with weak muscles to exercise those muscles in a gravity-free environment and perform motions they would not be able to do on land. Some who have MS also report that they derive benefit from Pilates-type workouts for core strength and flexibility."

    Do you have a question for Dr. Giesser? Email and join the chat at to see the answer!
    Dave Bexfield