Swimming with Multiple Sclerosis

Even with multiple sclerosis I feel empowered when I swim! And even though I bob in the water like a cork, I can move without gravity holding me down. I’m able to move through the pool by myself! Swimming in the cool pool makes it easy for me to keep my core temperature down while building my muscles.

The resistance in the water is more effective than on land because water is 12 times as dense as air. Every time we swim, we tone the muscles in all major muscle groups, without putting the strain on the connective tissues that other exercises do. Submersion in water creates a more even, controlled resistance on the body. The amount of resistance involved will be relative to the force we are pushing the water with, which allows us to control how hard we’re working with ease. We get our cardio exercise when we swim and also we’re working on an even body tone.

Swimming aids breathing and breath control which lowers our blood pressure. There is a far higher level of moisture present in the air when you’re at a swimming pool. The moisture in the air makes it far easier to breath. Swimming can also help to increase your lung volume and force you to learn better breathing techniques.

Swimming actually boosts endorphins in the body that increase feelings of wellbeing. Studies have shown that swimming produces the same “relaxation responses” as yoga and the stretching and contracting of our muscles can make it even better.

Not only is swimming a wonderful to way to improve our heart rate and blood flow, the calories used when swimming help maintain a healthy weight. I’ll forever be grateful that I was born skinny genes but for many, maintaining weight is their challenge.

I’ve set goals and I’ll work hard to achieve them yet I’ve let go of expectations. I understand that it is our resistance to “what is” that causes suffering.

I will continue to swim two mornings a week and we’ll see what happens from here!

Linda Grace Cox

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Linda

About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

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