There's no doubt that exercising is one of the very best ways to improve your Parkinson's symptoms.
The benefits of exercise are clear and prevalent throughout the Parkinson's literature:
- Improved balance
- Increased stamina
- More fluid walking pattern
- Return of arm swing
- Less frequent episodes of freezing
- Fewer falls
- Boosted confidence
- .. and on and on and on!
Exercise is a very broad term and in all of these studies, it seems like everyone is doing a different type of exercise..
... Tai Chi ..
... Dancing for Parkinson's ..
... Cycling ..
... Boxing ..
... LSVT BIG program ..
... PWR! Program ..
... Nordic Walking ..
You get the idea.
There are plenty of options out there, sometimes to the point of overwhelm.
If this is you, the goal of this article is to help you move past that feeling of overwhelm and into a spot where you feel confident starting in on an exercise program that you KNOW will get you the results you're looking for. So, here we go..
"What's the BEST KIND of exercise for Parkinson's?"
My first answer?
The kind of exercise you'll actually do.
My best answer?
According to the evidence, ANY kind of exercise is beneficial for Parkinson's, so long as it has these 7 components:
- BIG, POWERFUL MOVEMENTS
- PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING
- MENTALLY CHALLENGING
- SPECIFIC TO YOUR PARKINSON'S SYMPTOMS