Although exercise may not be a cure for Parkinson’s, it has been shown to be one of the most powerful treatments. Exercise can help people manage symptoms and side effects and research has shown it can be effective in slowing down the progression of the disease. But the question still remains as to which exercise is best?
The best exercise to do depends on your individual needs, preferences and goals. There is no straight forward answer but in broad terms the best exercise will be the one that is safe, enjoyable and one that challenges you.
Below are some tips for exercise recommendations based on common Parkinson’s symptoms and side effects:
To improve muscle strength and prevents muscle wasting
To improve balance
For coordination, agility and movement
For preventing freezing of gait and falls
For dystonia and muscle cramps
To prevent fatigue
#BB Tip: Rate your fatigue on a scale of 1-10 before and after your training, this can help you learn to understand the exercise that makes you feel best.
For delaying disease progression
Both these types of exercise are cognitively challenging. This means the brain is engaged and is the driving force behind the movements.
Listen to the full podcast talking about exercise and Parkinson’s: https://www.foundmyfitness.com/episodes/giselle-petzinger