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      Dagmar Munn
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      Over 10 years of published research shows that moderate exercise is beneficial for those who have ALS.

      We pALS can exercise laying on our beds, standing with a walker or, sitting in a chair – –  to perform simple stretches, strengthening, and range of motion movements. But what about exercise for our cardio (heart-lung) endurance? Cardio traditionally is achieved by moving our arms and legs for a duration of at least 10-15 minutes. A feat not always easy for a person with ALS! This is where modified exercise equipment comes in, and meets the need.

      What modified home equipment have you (or your pALS) used, and would you recommend it to others? Share your thoughts and links to products in the comments section below.

       

    • #17677
      Dagmar Munn
      Keymaster

      For a cardio workout, I believe that no one type of home exercise equipment is better than another – – it all depends on what you will actually stick with and, what best accommodates your individual movement limitations.

      I happen to like and use a rebounder with a special “safety hoop” – – http://www.rebound4health.com/

      Sure, this may not be to another person’s liking, but I grew up doing gymnastics and bouncing on trampolines, so my body is used to this type of movement.

      For those who would rather pedal a recumbent bicycle, here is an affordable brand: https://www.maxkare.net/product.php?key=RB-MKE901

      And, for someone who needs to remain sitting in a chair, this unique FitGlide might be helpful: https://www.optp.com/FitGLIDE-by-Bob-and-Brad

    • #19623
      Dianne
      Participant

      My husband has some “freezing of gait” issues, and his PT has had him using an electric peddler while sitting. Doesn’t tire him, and helps his brain “remember” and retrain walking sequence. We think it helps.

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