Exercise for the Parkinsons Patient
Parkinsons & Exercising
Maintaining normal muscle tone and function is an important aspect of the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. In part, medication administered for your illness achieves this goal. However, to realize the full benefit of the medication, daily exercise and activity are essential. By building activity into your daily routine, you can more easily maintain good muscle tone and build confidence in your mobility. A little exercise goes a long way.
For people with Parkinson’s, moving around does not come as naturally as it once did. It might seem counterintuitive, but to increase your confidence moving, you have to move!
- Build physical activity into your daily routine: Include gardening, housework or washing the car, as you are able.
- Walk with a friend or family member: A little exercise does EVERY body good.
- Attend a community exercise program. Call 1-800-4PD-INFO to find an exercise group near you.
- Move around frequently: If you watch TV, walk during commercials.
- Put on some upbeat music and dance.
There may come a time when you need extra support. Don’t worry, there are plenty of options.