EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE - PERIOD!
WHILE MEDICATIONS MAY HELP TO CONTROL SYMPTOMS, FEW ARE REPORTED TO SLOW PROGRESSION. EXERCISE ACTUALLY SLOWS PROGRESSION AND MAY REVERSE SOME MOTOR SYMPTOMS SIGNIFICANTLY; POSSIBLY TO THE POINT OF NEEDING NO MEDICATION AT ALL.
When deciding on an exercise program, important questions arise.
- Which exercise is best? Any exercise is better than none. BUT intensity matters. Few benefits are realized if the exercise does not increase your heart rate and bring you to the edge of sweating.
- How much should I exercise? A lot! Three days a week minimum. Five is better. You may choose to alternate types of exercise and intensity every other day. A session should last thirty minutes or more. You should rest two days a week.
- What problems may occur? Injury is number one. So it is critical to get well informed, preferably professional guidance. Excessive exercise may reach the point of diminishing returns. And, of course, you need to discuss your exercise plans with your healthcare professional before starting.
Your cardiovascular system must improve significantly. This requires increasing your heart rate to at least 80% of your maximum. This level usually is accompanied by sweating.
You probably have diminished muscle strength, a result of age and diminished use. Focused resistance training is best. You will need a physical therapist or a professional trainer to accomplish this.
Neuroplastic Stimulation means you need to be purposeful and mindful of what your body is doing while going through the normal processes of daily life. The single most important thing for you to do is Mindful Swift Walking. Every time you start to walk no matter or why, you need to correct your posture and gait so no one can tell you have Parkinson's.