Swimming has many benefits for me as well as others suffering from MS or other limiting injuries and illnesses.
Balance:Â My right leg is worse than my left, which causes balance issues. Â Tree pose on my right side is almost impossible. Â The water creates an equilibrium where I feel balanced and easily glided through the water.
Low Impact:Â Easy on the body, but a full body workout. Â Although I still felt the numbness in the water, I didn’t feel held back or less able due to the disease.
Temperature:Â Many people say the heat makes their MS worse. Â I’ve found the cold affects me and makes my legs stiff. Â Regardless, for those that suffer from the heat the water will cool them off and for me the water felt warming.
(Photo courtesy of Jennifer C., CC BY 2.0)