(Here is my update to working out with Daryl Kucera, Owner and Founder of Fast Forward LLC, MSforward and Powerforward in Omaha, Nebraska with the testing of “Tele-Fitness”)
Summer of 2016 brought an opportunity to travel with my husband to visit all my family in Oklahoma. Being concerned the heat and traveling by car that long distance had me a little concerned. I was just getting up to speed with my online workout session’s and wasn’t sure how I could keep up my pace while going on such a long trip.
One of the great aspects of working out weekly with everyone in Omaha via teleconference online, was as long as I had wifi access, I was good to go! I improvised with weights using soup cans, and did stepping portion using sofa cushions. I even enlisted my oldest granddaughter’s help in one portion using resistance bands.
I was gone for two weeks, and then had family here for a few weeks immediately following my trip. My energy level, and overall health took a toll after all the fun and exciting memorable times.
Not letting this stand in my way, I have continued working out weekly (only missing 1-2 sessions while running fever) and by adjusting the level of intensity I put myself through. The fabulous part of this exercise concept is built around doing “what you can”, at the “pace you can”. Daryl and staff are always there to give me suggestions on a lighter method if I just can’t go as hard and fast at any given time.
The classes are evolving, with added participants, and new exciting methods of working out together. On the horizon are some interactive sessions with other groups, and new participants joining in.
Tele-Exercise allows anyone to become involved. I feel such a burst of energy after each session. The people are so openly encouraging, and there is never a feeling of being “not good enough” to participate. We laugh, we work hard, and we encourage each other.
There is a sense of “commitment”, knowing they are there waiting for me to log into the session, they are all ready to go…. And I don’t want to miss out! This motivates me to be involved, and allows me to build friendships with other MS’ers from all over the nation. A real sense of community is evolving, as we watch each other tackle the MS Monster each week!
Please share this info with anyone seeking a way to work out from home, no matter where they live. I promise after being involved in even one session, you will feel energy and desire to do more!
Terri was diagnosed with RRMS in 2013
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