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Move it for MS!

Way Ahead 2007;11(4):1

Research has demonstrated the importance of exercise to people with MS, and regular exercise has been shown to improve the condition and mood of people with MS at all levels of disability. However, survey results show that only around half of people with MS exercise regularly, often due to lack of motivation or the inability to access appropriate facilities. With this in mind the MS Trust has produced an exercise DVD, in collaboration with Mr Motivator, to enable people with MS to work through beneficial routines in their home environment. The DVD is based on the book Exercises for people with MS by Liz Betts.

Mr Motivator leading one of the exercises from the DVD

Launched on Wednesday 29 August 2007, it is the first exercise DVD specifically aimed at people with MS. 'Move it for MS', features Mr Motivator leading 15 individuals with MS through a series of specially adapted exercises. It is hoped that the DVD will inspire people with MS to increase their levels of activity in an appropriate, engaging and fun way, in the comfort of their own home.

Mr Motivator, who was at the London launch said, "Working with people with MS has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. Movement and exercise makes people feel good, valued and puts a smile on everyone's face." In celebration of this important resource, the MS Trust also organised an 'Art of Movement' photography competition. This has provided people affected by MS with a unique opportunity to showcase how they incorporate movement and exercise into their daily lives.

An independent judging panel short-listed 25 photographs for the opening launch exhibition at the Menier Gallery in London, followed by two further exhibitions in Liverpool and Edinburgh's Royal College of Surgeons.

Alison Peebles, who lives with MS and who was also a judge of the 'Art of Movement' competition commented, "This competition is a celebration of ability not disability. Fatigue is an invisible and extremely debilitating symptom of MS whereby getting out and exercising can be difficult; having this DVD accessible in our own homes is fantastic."

The exercise DVD will be available directly for people with MS from the MS Trust at a cost of £1. Flyers are available for health professionals to give to people with MS with an order form attached.