How to Stay Active in the Summer When You Have Relapsing MS By Kimberly, Texas Gal, Born and Raised • August 15, 2018
“Oh, look!” I say to myself, as I glance at my weather app, “It’s 93 degrees outside! UGH!” I groan. “The heat index says it will feel like 100.” Eye roll. Yup, it is going to be another scorcher. Look, it is hot in the great state of Texas, even for people without MS.
So how does one living with relapsing MS stay fit when it’s this hot out? Well, we get creative. And by creative … I mean fun! And somewhere with air-conditioning.
The bungee cord workout. I discovered this little gem when I was driving down the street and passed a sign for it. I thought to myself, “that looks like fun!” Naturally, I had to try it out, and boy was I hooked. Literally. You put on the harness and they hook you onto the bungee cord. Think of it like one of those bouncy toddler swings you put in the doorway, but for adults. IT WAS GLORIOUS! It’s a low-impact way to get exercise, which is helpful when you’re living with MS. You don’t have to worry about doing it wrong or feel self-conscious because, trust me, you are too busy giggling. The class is an hour, and really does go by fast. I suggest looking into classes near you.
But, if that’s not your cup of tea, there is always archery—or my version of it.
Archery is another one of my favorite ways to keep moving—though it’s not always easy when you have relapsing MS. Sometimes my legs don’t want to keep steady, or I have a little trouble seeing the target. Which leads to my arrow making a really nice PING noise when it flies over my target and hits the wall. Whoops. But the more I practice, the better it gets. I’m able to use my core to keep my body aligned, and I feel like I’ve really improved my mental focus. It does take patience, but I really enjoy my time at the archery range.
Working out in the air-conditioned comfort of your home is another way to stay active, even when it’s hot out. Nothing says fit and fabulous like sitting on a stationary bike, pedaling at my leisure, watching TV. My legs are moving. My core is engaged. More importantly, I can keep up with the latest home improvement shows. See, it really is a win all around.
Working out early in the morning is also a really nice way to beat the Texas heat. You know what is even better? Having my ten-year-old daughter wake up early and ask me not to jog too long so I can spend time with her.
There are so many ways to stay fit in the summer. Whatever you choose to do, remember to stay positive and smile.
How do you stay fit when it’s too hot to go outside? Let me know!
- LIVING WITH RELAPSING MS
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