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Staying Active in the Winter with Relapsing MS LEMTRADA patient blogger: Donnie By Donnie, Father, Husband, Project Leader, Former Athlete • January 29, 2019

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The winter season presents some challenges for people who have relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS). For those of us who have some level of spasticity, the cold weather may make it worse. Let’s just say coordination is not our strong suit and then add the snow and ice on the ground. It can be daunting and tough for us to gear up and venture outdoors.

But don’t get me wrong—the winter season also brings good things. Number one on that list for me is football! As anyone who knows me can tell you, I LOVE FOOTBALL. It doesn’t matter if it’s college or professional. I follow my beloved teams very closely and I’m not shy about cheering loudly. One reason for my dedication is that I am an avid fantasy football player. Being a part of a fantasy league adds another layer to the games and makes it even more interesting.

Donnie enjoys fantasy football in the winter to avoid the cold weather and his spasticity flare-ups.

Fantasy football is just one way I keep my mind engaged. With my wife’s influence, I have become a fairly active reader over the last few years. Sports magazines are usually my go-to. As for books, it has to be nonfiction. It’s just me, but I am not a fan of fiction. But I am a fan of computer games. I’ve found those help keep you sharp as well.

Of course, with so much time spent indoors, I also try to stay as physically active as possible. Over the past few years I have developed a routine that works for me. It normally starts with me waking up at 6:00 a.m. to stretch. I use a piece of equipment specifically created for stretching to loosen up my hamstrings and my hip flexors. Then I move on to upper body stretches and work on my arms and back. I have found that loosening up my body in the morning really helps with my mobility throughout the day.

Finding activities to do in the winter is important for everyone, including those of us living with relapsing MS. If the weather is nice, I try to get out and just walk as much as possible. But if you’re looking to avoid the cold and get some exercise, I recommend going to your local indoor swimming pool. Swimming is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise for me because it’s low impact, and I don’t have to worry about overheating like I do with some other exercises.

Relapsing MS and swimming

Each person’s idea of staying active in winter may be different. Some of us may have limited mobility, which can limit our options or challenge us to create safe activities we enjoy. But no matter what your physical circumstances, there are options that will work for you. Keep trying to find something that you enjoy.

How do you like to stay active in the winter? Let me know in the comments below.

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