WALKING IN MEMORY
Melissa Lang’s mother Carole was diagnosed with MS over 30 years ago. A long-time Member of the MS Society, sadly Carole passed away in 2013 due to MS complications. Melissa wanted to find a way to honour her mum’s memory and got in touch with the MS Society. She participated in the Rotary Team Challenge in 2015 and has signed up once again to walk in memory of her mother. We spoke to Melissa to find out more about her motivation to participate.
Liz Tropiano suffered her first MS episode when she was only 31 years old. She was just settling into life as a mum with her 10 month old daughter Jayde. The episode went on for six months, making it very difficult to care for her baby and leaving her scared and confused. Click here to read Liz’s amazing story.
TRAINING TIPS WITH JOSH KENNEDY
You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete or aerobics instructor to participate, although to get through the event to the best of your ability it’s worth having a certain level of base fitness. MS Ambassador Josh Kennedy takes us through his training tricks to prepare, so that you can make your way through the challenge without worry on the day.
Warm-Up: A warm-up is especially important before your long workouts. A good warm-up is to jog one km or two, sit down and stretch for 5-10 minutes, then run some easy strides. Cool down afterwards by doing half of the warm-up.
Short Cardio: Practicing training to keep your heart rate up will be great practice for the day, including lots of cardio forms such as running, swimming, dancing or martial arts.
Stretch + Strengthen: Stretching is key to a strong, flexible body and should be done every day.
Rest: Rest days are almost as important as training days and provide an opportunity for you to recover, and your muscles to build up strength.