Kelly shares if she has been able to continue exercising after her MS diagnosis.
My whole life I was very active, very athletic. I was a runner. I was an aerobics instructor. I was a softball player. I played golf.
I did all of that and so it is extremely painful and limiting to not being able to do any of that. I haven’t been in a running motion in about 15 years.
So what having multiple sclerosis has forced me to do is find alternatives – alternative ways to exercise.
I never used to really enjoy being totally emerged in water despite how fun it could be, but now I do lots of water aerobics.
I have one of those exercise belts that you can wear in the pool and you can actually run, kind of floating. You have to keep your legs moving to really be floating.
I do yoga. You have to keep your body stretched out, be as limber as possible because the spasticity that comes along with multiple sclerosis is really not very fun.
I liken myself to the Frankenstein monster, when my legs are really stiff I can’t bend my legs.
So I do anything I can to stretch out, do yoga, do whatever I can to keep my muscles as limber as possible.