Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease are two different diseases that may lead to similar symptoms, including loss of flexibility and balance, decrease in muscle strength and energy, increase in fatigue, and a decline in quality of life. Without preventative action, these symptoms will only worsen over time.
Many individuals with MS or PD avoid exercise, thinking it will aggravate pain or make their fatigue worse, but research has shown that’s actually the opposite of what you should do.
Improve Symptoms of MS and PD with Exercise
Though MS and Parkinson’s can be very challenging both physically and psychologically, research has shown that regular exercise, strength training, and stretching can greatly improve functional fitness, mental state and general quality of life for MS and PD patients.
PD and MS workouts that increase flexibility and balance, in particular, may diminish spasticity and prevent fall rates and future muscular cramping and stiffness.
Also, according to a review published in August 2016 in Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, exercise has been associated with a slower progression of MS and improved performance on neurological tests.
To help manage the symptoms of MS and PD, your exercise program should include a few key ingredients:
- Flexibility (stretching) exercises
- Cardio activity
- Resistance training/strengthening exercises
This healthy mix can help improve muscle strength in the arms and legs, balance and coordination, energy and brain function, and overall quality of life.
For best results, it’s important to try to get a little bit of exercise every day. However, sometimes for MS and PD patients, less is more. Pushing your body too hard or for too long may temporarily worsen fatigue and spasticity.
Like we always say here at Teeter, the most important thing is to listen to your body and adjust as necessary. If you’re feeling particularly weak, fatigued, or off-balance, then tweak your program to be less intense and shorter in duration or take a rest day if you need it.
The new Teeter FreeStep™ Recumbent Cross Trainer offers a convenient solution for those who suffer from mobility issues to boost their rehab with cardio and strength training from home.
In fact, we are the only home-use company with patented commercial technology, designed to mimic the high-end seated steppers used in physical therapy, at a much more affordable price.
Why Are MS and PD Patients Turning to the FreeStep?
The FreeStep makes it easy for those living with MS and Parkinson’s to stay active and reduce symptoms from the comfort of their own home! More than just a cardio machine, the FreeStep allows you to adjust the resistance and intensity of the workout with one simple dial for gentle, full-body strength and conditioning and rotate the handles to target various muscle groups.
Unlike other recumbent options, the unique linear path of the pedals allows you to drive with your legs in a smooth downward stepping motion to eliminate knee shear and stabilize the hips and back.
In a recent Consumer Perception Study, 97% of participants said the FreeStep delivers gentle, low-impact exercise for the knees and back, and 93% said the FreeStep delivers less stress on the knees and back than other cardio options, making it the optimal choice for those looking for zero-impact cardio and strength training.
Are you ready to fight back against your MS or Parkinson’s?
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I have MS. I decided going to gym was becoming more challenging. I used a similar machine at the gym as the teeter FreeStep. I couldn’t afford the cost or space to accommodate to get the same machine into our home. I luckily came across this machine. I was encouraged by the reviews along with my trainer at the gym telling me that it looks quite similar and will accomplish the same things. I got the machine the end of May. It’s now August, and I feel I have attained more in these previous three months than what I did at my local gym during the year. Granted, with the convenience of being in our bedroom, I use it 30 minutes a day, seven days a week, versus the 30 minutes, four days a week at the gym. But, I truly feel it has helped so much more for my physical, mental and medical needs on top of maintaining my problems with my MS.
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*As a rule of thumb, always consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program.