Study after study has indicated the importance of exercise in overall health and especially for people with Parkinson disease. Exercise helps with balance, strangth, flexibility, and preventing falls. Exercise has also been shown to help with the production of a variety of brain chemicals and neurotransmitters. Exercise may help people with depression, and some studies have shown that exercise may be neuroprotective.
– Get moderate to intense exercise 30 minutes per day.*
– Aerobic activities are best (anything that increases your heart rate: walking, running, biking, swimming, etc.).
– Combine aerobic workouts with strength training and flexibility.
– Join an exercise class designed for people with Parkinson disease. Check with your local YMCA.
– All of these activities have been shown to be beneficial: tai chi, yoga, and dance.
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*Check with your doctor and physical therapist before starting an exercise program.