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Everything You Need to Know About Exercise and Parkinson’s

2.5 hours of exercise each week can improve quality of life and help manage Parkinson’s symptoms

You already know that exercise is essential to living a healthy lifestyle, especially for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Exercise helps people with PD maintain balance, mobility and helps with daily living activities, not to mention it provides neuroprotective benefits. 

What you might not know is that Parkinson’s Outcomes Project study found that 2.5 hours of exercise each week can improve your quality of life and help manage your Parkinson’s symptoms. So how exactly does exercise make a difference? Here’s how:

verything You Need to Know About Exercise and Parkinson’s

Exercise Resources Just for You

Are you ready to get back into gear or take your exercise plan to the next level, but aren’t sure how? Try some of our free resources so you can start taking advantage of those neuroprotective benefits exercise can provide:

  1. Curious to try non-contact boxing classes? Our Helpline specialists can refer you to local Parkinson’s-tailored exercise classes in your area. Call us at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636). 
  2. Make 2017 the year you attend Moving Day®, A Walk for Parkinson’s. Each of our 23 events features a Movement Pavilion where you can try numerous exercises. You might just find an exercise you enjoy!
  3. Not sure what your symptoms will let you try? Ask your doctor to recommend a physical therapist who can give you specific exercises based on your health.
  4. Read Fitness Counts online. It’s our educational book about exercise that includes tips you can try at home! Order the print version through our Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636). 
  5. Trying to ease back into an exercise routine? Look over our Tips for Daily Living: Preparing for Spring with Parkinson’s Disease article.
  6. Find out if your nearest Jewish Community Center is participating in the Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson's Wellness Initiative. Participating centers host an array of Parkinson’s-tailored exercise classes.