Well, I can't believe we are half way through August already. Why is it summer flies by here in New England and winters seem never ending? I'm not complaining mind you. I wouldn't live any other place. Unless of course I could live on the beach somewhere. All kidding aside, I had every intention of taking the pilot exercise classes by Draryl Kucera that were offered by this amazing site. Unfortunately, due to blood pressure issues, I haven't been able to participate.
I must confess, I was a little apprehensive about doing it. Also I had my doubts about it actually be beneficial to all levels of patients with M S. This past week, I decided to join the group just to observe and find out what it was all about. Much to my surprise, I was very impressed. Not only was I impressed as a patient but as a registered nurse. First, it was extremely easy to view the instructor, and seamless technically. The group helping Daryl responded to my emails.
Quickly, and although I am sometimes technically challenged, they had me up and running within minutes.
My first thoughts when I was approached to taking this class were not positive at all. I always felt out of place at the gym. Much to my surprise that isn't the case with this group. Daryl is the main instructor. He has MS and does all the exercises himself from a wheelchair. I was amazed. He utilizes other clients in the gym along with staff and physical therapy students. Each staff member or student represents each level of disability one does the exercise standing, one sitting in a chair, one standing but holding on for balance and even one sitting on an exercise ball. It doesn't matter what your limitations, they adjust the exercise for all capabilities. You are able to participate in any way you can. You can see all of the other participants. Daryl is able to see you and make sure that you are correctly doing the exercise so as not to hurt yourself in any way. If your camera shy, once you are exercising correctly, you can even turn your camera away. It's easy to ask questions and very very inspiring.
I was more than pleasantly surprised. Please check this pilot out. This class is a great opportunity. I only hope they can bring it to many many more fellow patients. I myself can't wait for the medical clearance to actually participate. For me to be excited about exercise, well now that's just a miracle in itself.
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