Friday, 7 November 2014

Working out with ME

I said in my previous post that this post would be about what I have been doing with my extra energy.  Well the first thing is that I've been enjoying it and not taking it for granted.  I've been very conscious and thankful for the added boost that I've been enjoying.
This energy boost has enabled me to put a few things into my week that I haven't been able to do previously.  The first thing I added was an extra yoga class, not only an extra class, but a normal class at a normal run of the mill sports centre.  Up until this point all my yoga had been at the local MS therapy centre.  A gentle class consisting only of poses done lying, sitting or kneeling.  Joining in with a normal yoga class has been very enjoyable. I still can't manage the whole class, I modify quite a lot and I dip out of some all together, but generally speaking, I think I do pretty well.  I still do my MS class too, so that's two yoga classes a week.
I also now go into the MS therapy centre's gym with the physio there once a week and spend some time on the exercise bike.  I cycle for 10 minutes going forward and for 5 minutes going backwards.  I keep under 60 revs per minute and I wear my heart rate monitor to make sure I'm not pushing my heart rate up and triggering symptoms - it normally sits at around 85bpm whilst I'm on the bike.  The cycling has been fantastic as it has somehow managed to help with the issue I was having in my thigh muscles where they were tensing up and being sore and solid.  The cycling motion is having a relieving effect on them which is wonderful.
I'm taking a great deal of pleasure being back in sports gear again 👟 even if it is only gentle compared to what I previously did, it still feels great and I'm enjoying it.
Sadly this week I have had a little slide backwards, hardly surprising with all the things we've had going on in the house.  It's been a very busy time and I have payed the price somewhat.  The stiffness in my joints has returned and the internal agitation in my system has been present, but worst of all my sleep pattern which had been excellent in recent months has been disrupted and for the last two nights I've found myself lying awake for hours in the early morning unable to get back to sleep.  I thought those days had passed.  Tomorrow I'm going to see my cranial osteopath.  His visits do often help my sleep, so I'm hoping he can work his magic tomorrow .

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