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3 ways to slow physical decline when you have Parkinson’s Disease

There is a phrase…”Exercise is medicine”. This is certainly true for people living with Parkinson’s Disease. The Parkinson’s Outcome Project reports that increasing physical activity to at least 2.5 hours per week can slow declines in quality of life.

But what kind of exercise should you be doing?

First- any increase in physical activity is good! But following are 3 things you can try to get you jump started if you are not exercising, or to add to your routine if you are already exercising.

1.) You can start by using a pedometer and determining how many steps per day you are doing right now. Then you can set goals to improve the number of steps you are taking .

2.) Going to a large fitness center and participating in group fitness classes. Many large fitness centers offer different exercise classes led by general fitness professionals. There are generally a variety of classes and you can look into the different types to find something that suits you.

3.) Small Group fitness classes led by a Physical Therapist specialist. While any increase in activity is good, there are certain exercises that can be more beneficial for a person with Parkinson’s Disease. Classes specifically designed by a Parkinson’s Specialist can help combat some of the specific symptoms you may experience (think: small steps, problems with finger/hand dexterity, low voice volume, thinking/coordination changes). A program that is designed and led by a Parkinson’s Specialist can have an even greater impact to slow the progression of your symptoms.

At Dedicated Therapy we offer a variety of small group classes. Some of our classes are designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s. Some are exercise classes with an emphasis on Yoga or Pilates type exercises. We also have overall fitness classes that have components of flexibility, aerobics, strength and balance. ALL of our classes are designed and supervised by a Physical Therapist. Our therapists are here to support your wellness and answer questions that you might have. If you want to know more about our exercise programs click here to schedule a call.

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, and we are celebrating at Dedicated Therapy. We are wrapping up the month at the Strike Out Parkinson’s Event at the Greenville Drive stadium on Saturday 4/27. Check us out on facebook @dedicatedtherapysc for our posts about Parkinson’s Disease this month.

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