As a child, one of my favorite things about summer was going to the pool. I loved to swim. One may have thought that I was part a fish (mermaid maybe?). I could easily spend the entire day their with no care in the world. Swimming was life. Lately I’ve found myself reliving my childhood glory days by channeling my inner Mike Phelps. That’s right swimming is perfect for MG. In fact there are quite a few benefits of swimming for a person with Myasthenia Gravis or any type of muscle fatigue/weakness.
MG has taken a lot of things from me but thankfully not my love or ability to swim. I may not be able to run marathons and lift weights like I used to but swimming seems to be the perfect way to offset some of the muscle weakness and fatigue that I experience while allowing me to get my exercise in.
I started taking swim lessons and water aerobics at the local community college by my house. It was a little intimidating at first. The class met twice a week and I was concerned that it might be too much of a commitment for my body. But I said yolo and did it anyway. So far so good.
The buoyancy of water helps support weak limbs. So your arms and legs don’t feel as heavy as they normally would. Movements can occur with a bit more ease and you may even experience an increased range of motion. Also water provides resistance so there’s your strength training aspect. Another added bonus is that unlike traditional exercise, you’re less likely to become overheated in the pool and as we know heat can trigger fatigue. Here are a few more benefits to swimming.
Benefits of Swimming
1. Whole Body Workout
2. Great Cardio
3. MG/MS/ muscle weakness friendly
4. Calorie Burner
5. Boosts your mood
6. Helps manage stress
So if you’re looking for a way to incorporate exercise back into your life this summer, I definitely suggest swimming or some type of water based activity. You dont have to sign up for a class to get the benefits of swimming. Just go to the pool and play around. Do you leg lifts and kicks. Or even walk from one end of the pool to the next. You’ll get some exercise, you’ll be cool and it’ll be some fun. A win all the way around if you ask me.
Swimmingly yours, Morg The Mermaid