No Pain, All Gain

My lofty goal of establishing an exercise routine was probably doomed to fail as soon as I tried to do it alone. I realized with something so important, it was wiser to get a professional involved to help me, because I stink at following through with any of my lofty goals if there’s not someone else around to make sure I would actually do them.

If I could only talk myself into thinking that Laura was my personal trainer, and that the only reason she was there was because I was one of the elite folks, I could erase the specter of reaching the point where this was no longer a want but a need. I’ve accepted the fact that she is working with me because I have MS and not because I’d like to have a well toned, beach-worthy body. Although, come to think of it, having MS and a buff bod is not mutually exclusive.

It’s been about four weeks now, and already we have a good plan in place. She has me exercising parts of me that haven’t been attended to in years. Besides her giving me leg stretches, I now do exercises by myself that are strengthening my core and arm muscles. Previously, because my legs give me the most trouble, I was concentrating only on them. However, we are a sum of our parts and we should address the whole shebang.

Unfortunately, her stretching maneuvers don’t carry forward. I can tell my arms and core are getting stronger, but my legs are just as stiff every session until she makes them see things her way. It’s a bit discouraging because I would like to get to a point where I can do all the exercises myself without help.

It really is true that mentally one does feel better when those endorphins are let loose. Having a realistic exercise plan is a complementary MS treatment that is doable. Sometimes the sessions tire me, but overall I’m glad I consulted a professional. She makes sure we never do more than I can handle. Pain is counterproductive when dealing with MS. Slow and steady is my new motto.

Going it alone is not always the wisest course of action. Save that for when you are contemplating nature, or voting for the best duo in Dancing with the Stars.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lissms
    Dec 16, 2014 @ 06:56:25

    Awesome! 🙂

    Reply

  2. lissms
    Dec 16, 2014 @ 06:57:28

    It will fall into place eventually. Feels like it takes forever, but it will.

    Reply

  3. Miss Jan's Words
    Dec 16, 2014 @ 08:01:09

    Thanks for the encouragement. If I can keep to the “slow and steady,” I know I’ll be able to stick with it.

    Reply

  4. jesusdiedandlives
    Dec 17, 2014 @ 11:49:30

    Keep that blood flowing! Read my blog for info on the cause of lesions http://jesusdiedandlives.wordpress.com

    Reply

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