The first element of this important initiative is the MS Active Wellness fitness program , which was developed by fitness expert Katrina Hodgson and leading neurologist Barry Hendin, M.D. , to help address many of the symptoms and specific needs of people with the disease, including mobility limitations, fatigue and heat sensitivity.
"The MS Active Wellness fitness program is designed to make fitness easily accessible and modifiable for people with multiple sclerosis," said Katrina Hodgson, celebrity trainer and co-founder of Los Angeles-based fitness studio Tone It Up.
Participants in the three workouts modify the exercises to help create the appropriate level of intensity, and Katrina
also offers tips for staying cool and provides participants with checkpoints to hydrate, record their heart rate and rest if needed.
and I worked closely to make sure the fitness program addresses areas of concern specific to MS while providing tips for overcoming potential barriers, such as heat sensitivity, spasticity and balance issues, but as with any new exercise routine it's important to speak with your doctor first before starting it."
The Fitness with Katrina DVD is available to all people with multiple sclerosis for free at www.MSActiveWellness.com.
Also available on the website is a downloadable progress tracker that people can use to record their heart rate and how they are feeling before, during and after a workout; short clips of each of the three workouts; and videos of each of the participants featured on the Fitness with Katrina DVD.
and Elan Corporation, plc
are sponsors of the MS Active Wellness fitness program.
and Dr. Barry Hendin were contracted to help develop the MS Active Wellness fitness program by Biogen Idec
. Jana Pence, a patient with multiple sclerosis, is a volunteer whose appearance on the Fitness with Katrina DVD was made possible by Biogen Idec and Elan
About Katrina Hodgson
Katrina Hodgson is a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, and a co-founder of Los Angeles-based exercise studio Tone It Up . She is also a group fitness instructor with the American Aerobic Association of America, and her training technique focuses on helping people achieve total overall wellness.
has filmed more than 200 fitness videos, and her
YouTube videos have been viewed by more than 14 million people.
is a contributor to Women's Health, has been featured by Glamour magazine
as a favorite online fitness expert and has also appeared on CBSNews.com.