Swimming is great exercise for all ages and body types, and it can be especially good for individuals living with a chronic illness like multiple sclerosis. Research on the effects of aquatic therapy for individuals with MS has demonstrated benefits such as improved flexibility, muscle strength, mobility function and quality of life.
Through Jan. 2, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America and Genzyme are teaming up with masters-level swimmer Kristen Adams to encourage people living with MS to share their swim stories through the Why I Swim campaign. Residents who live with MS and swim or participate in water-based exercise or those who know people who do so are encouraged to visit www.SwimForMS.org to learn more and submit one’s story.
Residents can also visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zalHNQ2ouA to see Adams' Why I Swim story.