Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease

Why is exercise important if you have Parkinson’s disease?

  • Start exercising as soon as you can. This can help build and maintain connections in the brain
  • Research supports that exercise can be neuro-protective and reverse some symptoms of PD
    It helps increase the strength of your whole body
  • It can improve your: balance, walking, posture and provide you with an overall higher quality of life
  • Aerobic activity may help improve mental function and memory
  • Aerobic activities like biking, walking, using a treadmill or rowing machine can help improve your cardio-respiratory (heart and lung) fitness
  • Improves your fatigue
  • Exercise is beneficial for bones and bone health
  • Exercise increases self-confidence and sense of accomplishment
  • Stretching can help decrease stiffness in joints

Exercise considerations!

  • Always get consent and clearance from your physician to ensure you are able to exercise prior to starting a program
  • Work with your physiotherapist to develop a personalized plan
  • Exercise when you are feeling your best
  • Try to do your exercises with someone. This will help to motivate you and is a safe way to exercise
  • Know when you are tired and learn to pace yourself
  • Do activities and exercises that interest you
  • Do your exercises regularly. 30 minutes of exercise everyday!

Resources

  • Community centres (parks, recreation centers)
  • Osteofit , exercise programs in your community (604-805-7727)
  • Physical activity line
  • Stead feet – North and West Vancouver (604-982-8311)
  • Get up and go (for individuals with an increased risk of falls). Contact Fraser Health (604-587-7866)

Be a part of the exercise study: [Link]