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Old 01-16-2010, 09:16 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. Just thought Id share a tip with you. Back in November, I bought a Wii- with the balance board- specifically to use for hand - eye coordination and of course, balance training. Over the past 3 months, Ive been experimenting with differnt games, learning that I am horrible at things where I have to "jump"; however I learned that the balance games are excellent for MSers.

Last week I bought 2 different games which are cardio and strength training- both based on circuit type workouts. I wanted to see if I could do them, and encourage my family to start doing something other then bowling....today, I popped them in and gave it my all. I wanted to say SUCCESS! This type of workout is really good for MSers...you can set it at every different level, choose the type of workout from cardio walking- to intense running races against other players, or the computer. You can do bicep curls and rows with a elastic band and you can kickbox and do punches on a heavy bag. Im pretty sure I havent even seen ALL the stuff this does- but Im already convinced that MSers can make this type of workout work for them with virtually no equiptment and a small initial expense.

Now, Im not pushing the name brand of the game on anyone- but my point was to say that as technology developes, both with home games and computer games- I would encourage MSers to utilize this technology and experiement for themselves. From cognitive and recognition/repitition type things to actual workouts- there is a TON of stuf available for all levels of disability. For both brain gain and muscle gain- Ive found a new world of learning this past few months. I know that the MS journals talk about this all the time; however I wanted to share with you all that having given it a try, Im really encouraged that I can develope something for myself which will stimulate my brain / body and keep me moving!

Anybody else have any success stories with relation to MS and technology?
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:27 AM   #2
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I have found that the Wii offers great competition for you and kids. Though long surpassed by my kids, I still like the Wii. My little one wants the Tony Hawk board for Wii. Balance is an issue, for me, but I plan to give it a go!

Other then the Wii, I still find my daily passive exercise with the Exercycle to be an important tool for me to maintain muscle memory and physical strength/stamina.
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