Getting back to exercise

Written by on November 11th, 2014 – 2 Comments

So I always make an effort to exercise, but I find that I’m much more motivated to exercise and likely to stick with it if I sign up for a fitness class.  Since my last major relapse I did a class for people with a variety of medical conditions (read, they were all 40+ years my senior!) but I’m getting stronger, so this fall I signed up for group fitness at my local community center.  Basically it’s a variety of different classes and times each day that you can choose from. The classes are for adults, but largely the population that goes to them are seniors.  For the most part, it’s pretty good.  The instructors are great.  There are several different ones and I’ve told many of them about my MS and just explained that my goal is to increase strength, raise heart rate and generally get a work out, but provided I’m not hurting myself.  I might not be able to do everything as they suggest but I’m okay with that.  Of course I struggle every time they do balance exercises and I go and make the wall my friend while the people that are 20-30 years my senior do it with ease.  It’s the exact same situation with combination movements or many aerobic type moves and sequences.  I’m just not that coordinated!  Personally it is fine, sometimes I only do part of the sequence, but again my main concern is overall fitness and activity so provided I am moving it’s all good.

Now what is really frustrating is when the older ladies come up behind me and are like “she’s showing you (insert complex exercise sequence here)…”  I quietly smile and nod, or mutter a “thank you”, but in my head I’m saying “Yes, I know, and do you not think I know I can’t do it, and all the rest of you can?  Thanks for pointing it out to me” (note the sarcasm).  This has happened several times.  Of course I know that they are really trying to be helpful and I’d never say anything to them but I’d really sometimes like to be like, “I know you can’t tell, but hidden disabilities are very real, and this is pretty amazing what I actually can do, so just go back to your work-out and leave me alone”.

Alas I won’t say any of that, but thanks for listening to my rant!  Now I’m off to stretch, because as we all know, exercise and fitness is one of the best things we can do to take control of this disease.

2 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    Im glad you have taken control in your own hands…exercise classes are a great thing because they force you to show up and work out hard…plus you are social…a couple things great for the disease.

  2. Chatal says:

    Nice to see your rant! I do not have the option for fitness classes where I live, so I asked a few girls from work if they would start an exercise program of 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes afternoon. They agreed and we started it!! We are currently doing a 31 day fitness challenge (yes I needed to modify some) and planning to add some arm and other strengthening exercises next week 🙂