Fitness and leisure
Exercise is now recognised as an important element in maintaining general health and well being, however a survey by the MS Trust in 2004 found that almost half (48%) of people with MS do not exercise on a regular basis.
The symptoms of MS may make some activities difficult or require a different approach, but there are organisations offering information on all manner of activities from competitive sports through to more leisurely pursuits. The following links give just a few ideas of what is available.
MS Trust links
A section of this website that includes contact details for organisations involved with a range of activities and leisure pursuits and a Tried & Tested section of personal experiences from people with MS.
Exercises for people with MS
A set of web pages of simple exercises.
Move it for MS
A DVD of exercises led by Mr Motivator.
Articles from Open Door
The following links are articles from Open Door, the MS Trust's quarterly newsletter, that deal with various leisure activities.
This sporting life
Tim Worner explains how diagnosis with primary progressive multiple sclerosis didn't stop him taking up a range of sports.
Capturing the moment
Jennifer Willis explains how her diagnosis led her to becoming a photographer.
David Heard of the charity Sportability, explains how its programme of sports and challenging pursuits can impact on people's lives.
Yoga and MS
Alison Potts describes how yoga helps her manage life with multiple sclerosis.
Out and about on my tricycle
How buying a powered tricycle helped a father with MS take part in family outings.
A 63rd birthday surprise
A Wii allows one woman with MS to enjoy a range of virtual sports.
Paula Barrett discusses how she maintains her award winning garden.
Climbing up the wall with MS?
Following his diagnosis, David Parsons took up mountaineering.