Roz Kalb , Psychologist
1 Apr 2023 | ~6:30 Engagement Time
Finding ways to stay active, engage in sports, or continue playing on their favorite team is a priority for many people with MS. Learning what’s possible as well as safe can help you keep your life as full and fun as you want it to be. Let’s start with the basics:
Accessing Your Situation
Think about what aspects of physical activity are most important to you.
Ask yourself which of the following describes you best:
Ask yourself whether your abilities have changed since your diagnosis or with normal aging, and if so, how.
Share your interests, questions, and concerns with your healthcare providers, particularly your primary care physician, neurologist, and physical therapist, before you start or resume any physical activity or sport. They will work with you to match your interests with your abilities.
Here are some suggestions on how to move ahead with your physical activity and exercise options.
Connecting with Others
Staying active, being competitive, and maintaining connections with others are all possible. The path to success involves paying attention to your body, being willing to do old things differently or try new things, using tools and devices that help you stay mobile and safe, connecting with others who share your interests, and giving yourself grace to be the best you can be without necessarily being the best there is.