Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease: Your #1 best treatment.

Exercise and Parkinson's disease

Exercise is a key component in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) care and treatment. 

Exercise and Parkinson’s disease go hand in hand. As a neuromuscular disorder exercise can play an important role in Parkinson’s’ Disease therapy.

Why? Targeted exercise helps Parkinson’s patients with coordination, muscle strength, and movement. Parkinson’s Disease or (PD) affects the ability to control movement and balance which can make walking and other motor movements difficult, even walking on flat, even surfaces can be a challenge. Falls are a very real risk, sometimes requiring surgery which can lead to further complications related to medications, blood clots, and heart involvement.

What kind of exercise helps Parkinsons Disease?

According to the Parkinsons Foundation, a  general exercise plan for PD should include 

  • Stretching – 2–3 days per week with daily stretches being ideal
    • This could include yoga or just general stretching.
    • All stretches should work on sustained stretching with deep breathing or dynamic stretching before exercise.
  • Aerobic Activity – 3 days a week for 30 minutes per session
    • Aerobic activities can include exercises that raise your heart rate including walking, running, cycling, swimming, and an aerobics class.
  • Strength Training – 2–3 non-consecutive days for 30 minutes per session
    • Strength training can include weight machines, resistance bands, and light/moderate handheld weights.
  • Balance Exercises – 2–3 days per week with daily smaller activities
    • Exercises should include activities that require multi-directional stepping, weight shifting, dynamic balance activities, large movements, and multitasking such as yoga, tai chi, dance, or boxing

Excellent online and in person exercise classes for Parkinsons Patients.

Exercise and Parkinson’s disease, go hand in hand. In-person exercise classes are also an excellent way to socialize, motivate, and stay active.

There are even many online classes to be sure you dont miss a day. In-person exercise classes are an excellent way to socialize, motivate, and stay active. No matter what you do keep moving!

Do you need assistance with Parkinsons Care?

Abby Services is there for you and your loved ones. We have been helping families find the best caregivers at the best price since 1996! Here is more information on how we can help a loved me with Parkinson’s. Have any questions? We can help, just call 239-590-0861!

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