Move it, stretch it, flex it, lift it, hit the water — just say YES to exercise
Why should having a neuromuscular disease exclude you from exercise and all its benefits?
Perhaps you’re not aware of what forms of exercise you can do, given your abilities. Maybe you have questions and doubts about the intimidating prospects of starting an exercise routine. Or perhaps you’re in the “What good will it do me?” frame of mind.
Where has your get-up-and-go gone?
In its broadest sense, fatigue is defined as a lack of energy, a subjective feeling of being tired. Fatigue also occurs when muscles decline in force — in other words, they poop out with overuse.
Most people complain of fatigue at one time or another, says Julie C. Haviland, a physician at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.
Extra pounds carry more weight in neuromuscular disease
If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably already tried to lose weight. You already know the basic, simple formula for success (burn more calories than you eat), and you know just how devilishly hard it is to follow.
People with neuromuscular diseases are up against a double (or triple or quadruple) whammy when it comes to losing weight. In addition to the usual dieting challenges — yummy...
If they’re undertaken with care and supervision, exercises that strengthen and build muscle, and exercises that burn calories, can help you lose weight — or at least enjoy a little more food without gaining.
Limited research suggests that most people with slowly progressive muscle diseases can do some exercise and gain muscle strength. Careful exercise even may protect muscles against damage from...
People with disabilities make lots of adjustments so they can participate in everyday life. So why should the fact that you're a wheelchair user stop you from keeping your body in motion? In fact, wheelchair users have an even greater need for exercise.