Exercise and Parkinson’s

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Exercise is an important part of anyone living a healthy lifestyle. For people living with Parkinson’s Disease exercise is medicine! Engaging in regular exercise and physical activity is an essential component to maintaining balance, mobility, and activities of daily life for Parkinson’s patients. Studies have linked exercise to a reduced risk of Parkinson’s and slower progression.

There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to exercise. The type of activities you do depends on your symptoms and challenges. However, according to the UCSF – Parkinson’s Disease Clinic and Research Center aerobic exercises and those that challenge an individual to change tempo, activity, or direction (known as “random practice” exercises) are beneficial to Parkinson’s patients. Types of exercises that do this include:

  • Dancing
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Sports (ping pong, golf, tennis)

Everyone should exercise more, whether or not they have Parkinson’s. So go grab some friends and get started today! The Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s works with local organizations to help you get moving including our Rock Steady Boxing Groups, Movement for PD and the Therapy Gym. Click here to find a group near you. Be sure to pick an exercise you enjoy and remember that consistency is key!! Always consult your neurologist and primary care doctor before starting any exercise routine.

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