IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE FOR DMD CHILDREN
3 Types of Exercises for Slow-Progressing Muscular Dystrophy
There are different types of muscular dystrophy and the severity of the condition can vary greatly from one patient to another. There are many MD patients who cannot partake in physical exercise, but for others, engaging in an exercise routine can help improve muscle tone and increase overall fitness and health.
- Aerobic Exercise
Aerobic exercise is any exercise which increases the heart rate. For those with muscular dystrophy the type of aerobic exercise will depend on your condition, but low-impact exercises such as fast walking, dancing, swimming, and cycling are all options. Ideally, you should exercise 20 minutes a day between four and six times per week, but you might want to start by doing five or 10 minutes a day and building your fitness levels up slowly. Ensure you warm up gently before exercising and stretch your muscles well after to decrease the chance of injury.
- Strength Exercises
Strength exercises directly target the muscles using either hand-held weights, machines or using your own body weight. Because the muscles of someone with MD are already weak, it is recommended that they follow a light-weight, high repetition regimen rather than trying to lift heavy weights. Strength exercises can be done on their own or alongside other types of exercise.
Exercises that incorporate stretching such as yoga, pilates and Tai Chi are great for improving muscle tone as well as helping with joint stiffness. Try to hold each stretch for between 10 and 30 seconds. It is important to warm up before beginning any stretching routine.
Source : MD NEWS