Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Enough about diet! What about exercise?

When someone starts talking about a healthy lifestyle, exercise is the almond butter to the diet's sugar-free jelly (keeping it clean).

Hand in hand.

Not one without the other.

Let me share with you my list of exercises for the last 3+ weeks while I lost nearly 15 lbs:

  1. Taking care of my family.

That's it.

Don't get me wrong. I have exercised pretty regularly over my life and sometimes to the extreme. But, lately, I just simply haven't had the time. And that's okay.

With Multiple Sclerosis there is a wide range of exercise ability, and that can be just in one person. There have been times that I couldn't walk without a walker, and then I was able to build up to walking on the treadmill 3-4 times a week. Then again, I would have bouts of exhaustion or leg weakness and would need a break... and I've allowed myself that.

One extremely important lesson I learned from having MS is to give myself some slack. I love a quote from Annette Funicello where she said, "Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful".

That part of me that demanded perfection died nearly four years ago when I came home from the hospital from MS episode numero uno. And I danced on her grave.

So what about exercise?

Listen to your body. There is not a "one size fits all" exercise regimen for the MS patient. You can build a habitual routine such as walking on a treadmill or using an elliptical machine or bicycle. Or, you could head outside and soak up some vitamin D (more on that coming soon) while you plant flowers or take a walk with someone in your family and get "in the know" about their life again.

The truth is, your diet has more impact on your weight than exercise and if you are eating healthy, the more inclined you will be to get moving.

Have you juiced yet?

Have you cut out your food intolerances?

I believe your diet is the optimum first step towards feeling your best and combating MS. It's great if you are exercising regularly, don't get me wrong, it is a positive move. But don't settle for 2nd best! 

Boost that exercise with nutrients from juicing and shed some of your fatigue and mental fog by eliminating food intolerances while fending off viruses and unwanted new lesions!

It's worth it, I promise.

Keep up the fight!


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