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Does MS exile you from the everyday of life?

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ (Sunday or Summer orange #f99f00) Exercise has emerged as a safe, effective, low-cost, non-pharmacological intervention for managing disability experienced by pwMS. Despite the evidence, it is the most under-prescribed and under-utilised disease-modifying therapy we have at our disposal.  Exercise promotes improvements in aerobic capacity, muscular strength...

To HITT or not to HITT?

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ (Saturday – a red-hot poker day #f54303) There is little doubt that exercise is good for you and is a form of disease modification. However, there is a big debate about whether high-intensity interval (HIIT) or moderate continuous training (MCT) (aerobic) is best for you. This study below suggests HIIT is best.  Positive changes in cardiorespiratory...

Blood flow restricted exercise anyone?

I’m not what you’d call an exercise buff. Running in particular, was relegated to the back of the closet in my late 20s, primarily to save my joints from being sawed to pieces like a bookshelf in my 60s. And whilst, endurance training in the form of cycling and triathlons is the penultimate in fitness these days, I’ve preferred to watch from the side lines at a distance...

#T4TD: biohacking

Did you know two lifestyle options, i.e. exercise and diet, are probably the most effective add-on neuroprotective therapies for treating MS?  Exercise induces long-lasting changes in the brain, which includes upregulation of growth factors and release of endorphins, that are almost certainly neuroprotective. Similarly, diets (caloric restriction, intermittent fasting and low-carbohydrate...

Re exercise in MS: should we be flogging a dying horse?

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer ★★★  I am at the NMSS’ Pathways to Cures think tank where exercise is a major theme in terms of restoring lost function. A lot of discussions have been about how we motivate and get pwMS to exercise. Some suggested using motivational interviewing techniques and behavioural psychology to motivate and nudge pwMS to exercise. The elephant in the room is that some people...

e-Bikes and MS

It’s Bike Week. Here’s how I got back in the saddle again… with an e-bike I’ve never worn lycra nor “chewed the handlebars,” but when I stopped cycling six years ago because of MS, I missed it. So how did I manage to go on a cycling break last month? Earlier this year, a good friend called and said she was planning to get a bunch of people together to go cycling for a few days in the Loire in...

Exercise, exercise, exercise ….

If you live in London it is impossible not to have gotten caught up in London-Marathon fever over the weekend. Eliud Kipchoge won the London marathon in the second fastest recorded time  (two hours two minutes 38 seconds). Interestingly, Kipchoge wears an electric blue band on his wrist, where four simple words are written: “No human is limited”. He has obviously not met someone with...

Guest Post: The Real, Real Deal with Exercising and MS

Oh no. No, no, no, you’re thinking. Not another Barts MS Blog lecture on the importance of exercising when you have multiple sclerosis. Especially a guest blog from that Dave guy who runs ActiveMSers.org and who thinks he is funny and has no professional medical or physical fitness credentials—just a dude who runs a blog, ruffles feathers like Gavin, and works out. I get it. I mean, I could point...

How big is your need to exercise?

The evidence that exercise and I mean regular exercise is good for you is so overwhelming that it is hard to argue against the science. What I mean by this is that almost everyone accepts exercise as being good for the general population and for people with MS. The downside is that some MSers are so disabled and/or have so much fatigue that they find it difficult to exercise. I am prepared...

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