This MS Awareness Week (22-28 April) we’re encouraging everyone to pop on their pumps and introduce a little activity – big or small – into their daily routine. Staying active doesn’t need to mean running marathons or going to the gym, it’s about doing it at your own level, at your own pace. Doing it YOUR WAY.
In the past, people with MS were advised to avoid exercise. It was felt that since many people with MS experienced fatigue and found their symptoms worsened when hot, it was best to avoid activities that could be seen as tiring. It turns out that this was not good advice. Regular, moderate exercise is now known to be an important part of maintaining good health and wellbeing for people with MS. There is evidence that it can help with many MS symptoms, and also with general quality of life.
Exercise has made me much more confident because I am so much stronger now. I used to not want to go out on my own, but now I have no fear
Lee Gibbs, MS Trust supporter
Throughout MS Awareness Week we’ll be sharing the experiences of people with MS, like Lee, who have found exercise has had a positive impact on their life, both physically and mentally. We’ll also be launching a series of fun and accessible Pilates-style exercise videos, which we’ve been developing with a neuro-physiotherapist. And then on Wednesday, April 24, at 12pm, there will be a special #WorkoutWednesday event – and we want as many of you as possible to get involved. On our Facebook page, we’ll be streaming an accessible dance-along – why not follow along at home, or get your therapy centre, gym or office involved? Make sure you tag #MoveitforMS so we can see you all moving and grooving! Contact us at email@example.com if you’d like to know more.
Miles for MS
Don’t let your exercise routine stop when MS Awareness Week does. Why not carry it on into May by signing up to Miles for MS? That way you can get more active AND help make a difference for people with MS.
Whether it is half a mile or 100 miles, you pick how far you want to go and do it your way! Walk, wheel, arm cycle, swim, cycle, run, row… it’s up to you. Pick your distance and complete it in your own time over the course of the month, tracking your progress on your personalised fundraising page and raising vital funds. You don’t have to do it alone either, why not get your office, gym class or family involved too?
You might decide that you want to ride 20 miles on an exercise bike or arm bike, and break it down to half a mile each session. Or maybe you want to run a marathon (26 miles) over the month, but do it by running shorter distances a few times each week. Perhaps your personal challenge would be to walk to the post box and back, and you could build up to it over the course of the month.
Sign up for just £15 and you will receive an MS Trust T-shirt, your own personalised online page where you can track your progress and raise funds, and a certificate when you finish. If you raise over £125, you’ll also get a 'Miles for MS' medal to wear with pride.
Starting to exercise
Find out how to get started and keep going with your exercise programme.
Staying active with MS
How can exercise help people with MS, what are the benefits and what type of exercise is best.
MS Awareness Week 2019: 22-28 April
MS Awareness Week (22-28 April) is fast approaching and there are lots of different ways you can get involved to help us support people living with MS today.