I was watching a lecture series about Parkinson's and the speaker who spoke emphasis the importance of aerobic exercise. Do some physical activities help the body's production of dopamine? What type of physical activity have people found useful. I asked my neurologist and his response was anything. Not sure what anything is and need some more specific advice.
Any exercise that you enjoy enough to do regularly is good. That can be walking, biking, swimming, dancing, rowing, running, skating, skiing, etc. There are exercise programs specifically for Parkinson's like Rock Steady Boxing, but you can also just go out your door and walk after dinner. It helps to get your HR up a bit, but even exercise like Tai chi and yoga can help as they strengthen your muscles and help your balance.
BIG movements sitting, big arm swings repetition 10 to start, large/high leg lifts rep 10 to start. If well balan ed, standing beside counter making large sweeping motions with arms and legs. A good PT would know thede exercises. Could look online under Delay the Disease for exercises . My sister's neurologist gave us a dvd with theses exercises called Delay the Disease.
I am newly diagnosed with PD. I joined a wonderful support group in Sarasota, Florida called Parkinson Place. You can Google it. Anyone can join. It is free and has 65 monthly Zoom classes from speech to balance, stretching, aerobics and any other issue dealing with PD. They are supported by donations. It has been wonderful for me.
silver sneaker is very good and you can take,any kind of exercise you want once you are enrolled in it.
Sorry your neurologist wasn't more detailed. I agree with Ginny, any exercise, no matter how small, is better than no exercise. There is physical specifically designed for people with PD and for anyone on Medicare, you may be eligible for exercises offered by the Silver Sneakers in person or on-line and these classes include exercises for balance and stability, strength building, brain health as well as Yoga, Tai Chi and classes that help reduce stress and anxiety. Many of the exercises can be done from either a standing or seated position.
I did the PT therapy but my health insurance limited me to 12 sessions. The Silver Sneakers program has no limits or cost to me, as long as you qualify for the program.
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