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People with MS gain strength during fitness challenge

Posted at 10:16 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 00:16:44-05

TREASURE VALLEY — According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, exercise can help manage symptoms, including strength, fatigue, bone density, and mood.

After being diagnosed with MS twelve years ago, Tyler Heid, a Boise resident, says he wanted to get more physically active. Since he says, he's seen improvements.

"My goal is to be walking and running. My goal is to continue to progress and get out of this wheelchair, and not use it anymore, get strong, be able to use both sides of my body, not just my right. It's going to happen," Heid.

During the program, they work on balance and strength for support and posture.

"The strength has been the biggest thing, and I think it gives me more energy throughout the day. It's life-changing. I have more muscles than I've had in my whole life, and it feels really good," said Lisa Fromhart, MS Fitness Challenge participant.

The participants are not letting their limitations stop them from reaching for their goals. They're not only inspiring themselves, but they're inspiring others.

"Exercise from the heart because these people, there's quit in them and you know, people complain about their aches and pains and find reasons not to come to the gym that day or to take it easy on themselves and these people would give anything to be in your shoes and get everything they've got so I've learned a from them mostly about heart and just willpower and it's just been very inspiring," said Rick Hess, owner, and trainer, Anytime Fitness.

It's all free of charge to participants. If you would like to learn more, you can head to MSfitnesschallenge.com/.