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Online Adaptive Exercise: MS Center Brings Regular Workouts to Your Living Room

An adaptive exercise class led by a physical therapist can open up a world of possibilities for its participants, but factors like geographic location, transportation issues, and general accessibility can make attending such classes next to impossible for some.

The Rocky Mountain MS Center is addressing this need with its Online Adaptive Exercise classes, held twice weekly and led by the MS Center’s Michele Harrison, a physical therapist with decades of experience working with people living with MS.

Held via Zoom and available to anyone with a computer, tablet or mobile device, the hour-long Adaptive Exercise sessions truly meets people where they are – right in their own homes. Harrison has created a varied workout regimen of mostly seated, adapted exercises that can be performed by people with a wide range of physical abilities.

Stretching and aerobic movements are key components of living an active lifestyle, and our exercise classes provide a robust workout. Harrison also leads a Qi Gong sequence at the beginning of each class to help decrease tension, increase circulation, and refresh the mind to help you stay grounded and present in your body.
“This has not only been a great program for physical exercise, but also provides positive impacts for my mood and energy level,” said one class participant. “I love having something on my schedule that makes me feel connected and purposeful.”

Participants now regularly join from around Colorado and several neighboring states, as the MS Center’s Rural Engagement Program has brought its many offerings to people outside the Denver area. Each class is made up of a community of individuals facing many similar challenges, providing a place where people can shed their insecurities and enjoy a regular, instructor-led workout session tailored to suit their personal needs.

For more information about Online Adaptive Exercise Classes from the Rocky Mountain MS Center, please visit our Hydrotherapy and Adaptive Exercise information page at MSCenter.org/hydro.

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