Sport is healthy

Use it or loose it

Due to the onset of impaired coordination and balance, I had to stop my active sporting activities as a volleyball player.

Since there is no general therapy for physical functionality, but rather it depends more on individual willingness and possibilities, I thought about how I could still exercise regularly.

In order to continue to keep the muscles in shape and maintain the movement stimuli to the brain, I thought about what type of exercises I could continue to do given the given/progressing circumstances.

From my personal experiences, I have come to the conclusion that feeling good about your body promotes longer independence.



  • If I know the strength of my legs, I can better estimate which stretches or stairs I can still manage.
  • If I can better perceive my body's reactions, I am able to react early to avoid falls.

The following exercise suggestions come partly from therapy and partly from my own considerations in my capacity as a long-time trainer and athlete.

The following principle applies to these training courses

​​​​​​​Less weight / resistance to do more reps. (Strength endurance)

During the exercises you should breathe evenly, exhale during exertion - inhale during relaxation

In the case of ALS, the training should be designed in such a way that at the end of the training there are no signs of exhaustion. It is important to ensure that the use of the exercises is appropriate to your own physical capabilities. If necessary, these can also be discussed with the doctor or physiotherapist.