According to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, most people with the disease use some form of complementary or alternative medicine to treat their symptoms. Exercise is one of the most common treatments.
"Exercise offers many benefits for people with MS," reads the organization's web site. "In addition to improving your overall health, aerobic exercise reduces fatigue and improves bladder and bowel function, strength, and mood. Stretching exercises reduce stiffness and increase mobility. The physical therapist can recommend an exercise plan to fit your abilities and limitations."
Now your exercise can benefit people with MS. ActiveIndy Tours offers biking and walking tours of Indianapolis on certain Sundays, with a portion of the tour fee going to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Indiana State chapter.
The "Downtown Cultural Districts and Neighborhoods Biking Tours" are from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 18, June 22, July 20, August 17 and September 21. "This tour will take you into the nooks and crannies of numerous cultural districts and neighborhoods in the urban core of the city including the Wholesale District, Lockerbie, Mass Ave, Old Northside, the Central Canal and White River State Park," reads ActiveIndy's web site. "Along the way you'll see the oldest neighborhood in the city, the project that sent the entire state into bankruptcy, a famous author that stands 3 stories tall and much more!" The fee is $45, but you can use the code OWNBIKE for a $15 discount. Call for information about children under 12. The bike tour starts at Indy Bike Hub, which is located in the east wing of City Market.
There are two walking tours: the War Memorial Walking Tour, held the same days as the bike tours from 1 to 3 p.m., and the White River State Park and Central Canal Walking Tour, held the same days as the bike tours from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
The War Memorial Tour is a 2-mile tour with numerous stops at Indianapolis's many war memorials and monuments. The fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. The tour starts in downtown, follows the Cultural Trail and ventures over to the Canal. Fun fact: Indianapolis has more war memorials than any other city except Washington, D.C.
The White River State Park and Central Canal Walking Tour starts at the visitor's center in White River State Park. It covers one mile with numerous stops, some of which are in museums. It ends along the Canal, a project which bankrupted the state when it was built but is now a hot spot. The fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12.
Visit ActiveIndyTours.com/ms to book a tour. Advance notice is required.