My husband seems unmotivated to exercise. Any ideas about how to encourage him without nagging?

My husband seems unmotivated to exercise. Any ideas about how to encourage him without nagging?

A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I also experience lack of motivation and feel it is a majorly under-acknowledged PD symptom...when you think ...dopamine is big for motivation, amongst other things... well!!!!!....so, as someone experiencing PD, the most effective thing I have found is empathy and understanding. Nagging, as with anything, will only make the naggee resist more....listen to what your husband says about his lack of motivation...how it is for him....and ask him what he thinks might help...if you still reach a blank...and believe me..i have the same issue with exercise myself....just try to be as understanding and supportive as you can...he's not being stubborn...he actually lacks the brain chemistry required!!! which is incredibly frustrating...it's like knowing painting (say) will help...but having no desire or motivation whatsoever to paint! Hope this is of help and love and compassion to you both x

posted 3 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Myself as having PD, I feel that I have a responsibility to my family, to do what ever I can to remain healthy, so I don't become a burden to them. To achieve that objective I try to read encouraging stories, interact with people as much as possible, pray, read the bible, practice my guitar, improve my eating habits, and exercise 4-5 times per week. I have decided to fight this disease, or at least slow it down. I have off days where I am not motivated at all, but if I get myself out of bed and down to the YMCA pool, my overall determination kicks in. I have read about several people who have slowed the disease down to a halt by changing their life styles. I want to be one of those people. Hope this help you. One last thing; I recommend finding some type of exercise that you enjoy and pursue it. Don't do something that you don't like. You probably won't follow through for the long haul. I wish you the very best. Hope you have a wonderful day and God bless both of you.

posted 3 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Sometimes getting out in the fresh air helps motivate us. I wish you well. Have a great day. May the Lord bless you today and everyday.

posted 3 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

But my hard working husband doesn't have pd. So he has all his dopamine.

posted 3 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

wow I'm impressed with your attitude and determination. I hope you are one who slows the disease to a halt. Keep it up, I'll be cheering you on. My husband is almost 80 and he works in the yard and in the house all day every day.

posted 3 months ago
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