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!
- Hope Parkinson’s Group has in-person movement classes for residents of Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and the surrounding areas.
- The Parkinsons Foundation has a series of videos to tailored to the needs of PD patients.
- APDA Virtual activities including live events, and a catalog of varied past events.
- Parkinson Foundation Boxing Workout
- Rock Steady Boxing Videos: (Seated or Standing)
- Power For Parkinson’s: Parkinson’s Home Exercise Class, Brain Teasers, and More!
- Patrick LoSasso: 5 great PD exercises
- Tai Chi Moving For Better Balance
Do you need assistance with Parkinsons Care?
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