Exercise is an important part of any healthy lifestyle! For individuals living with Parkinson’s disease, physical activity is essential for optimal balance, mobility, and independence. The following tips will help you kickstart a workout routine and improve your symptoms.
Benefits of Exercise
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive condition, which causes some debilitating motor symptoms. The most common symptoms of the disease include tremors, postural instability, rigidity, and bradykinesia. Studies show older adults living with Parkinson’s disease can benefit from exercise training, and improve their muscle mass and function. Exercise will boost muscle strength, reduce motor symptoms, improve gait disturbances and boost the overall quality of life.
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Before beginning any exercise routine, consult with your primary care physician or neurologist to ensure your safety. A medical professional may recommend a regimen that is fit for your current abilities. Your physical capabilities may change throughout the day due to your medication schedule. Plan your exercise schedule around these “on” and “off” periods throughout the day. Include a few different exercises in your routine and sprinkle them throughout the day based on your energy levels. Also, be sure to choose an exercise you enjoy! The right exercises will help you stay motivated and active throughout the day.
Types of Exercise
Walking, dancing, yoga, and aerobic classes are a few of types of exercise that are highly beneficial for individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease. Exercise will produce significant benefits and progress. People can perform the following exercises at every stage of the disease and experience positive results.
Balance Exercises are designed to improve balance and boost lower body strength. These exercises can help reduce the risk of falls.
Endurance Exercises raises the heart rate and oxygen intake, ultimately increasing cardiovascular strength.
Flexibility Exercises increases range of motion, in turn, making it easier to perform daily activities like reaching for objects from a shelf and getting dressed.
Strengthening Exercises help build muscle mass and will improve your ability to perform some daily activities.
High-intensity exercises can benefit individuals experiencing Parkinson’s Disease at any stage. People who participate in regular exercise for longer than six months experience significant progress and improved quality of life. We at Sage Rehabilitation Hospital and Outpatient Services want to help you regain your strength and mobility following your diagnosis. Contact us today to schedule a Program Consultation and begin the road to recovery!