Exercise has been shown to have numerous benefits for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease. Regular physical activity can help to improve mobility, balance, and coordination, as well as reduce the risk of falls. It can also improve overall cardiovascular health and help to maintain a healthy weight.
In addition to the physical benefits, exercise has also been shown to have a positive impact on mental health. Regular physical activity has been linked to improved mood and reduced feelings of depression and anxiety in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Exercise can also help to improve cognitive function, such as memory and attention, and may even have neuroprotective effects, slowing the progression of the disease.
One study published in the journal Movement Disorders found that regular aerobic exercise improved symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including motor function and daily activities. Another study published in the journal Neurology found that a combination of aerobic and resistance training improved mobility and daily functioning in individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
It is important for individuals with Parkinson’s disease to work with an Exercise Physiologist to develop a safe and effective exercise plan that meets their needs and abilities. This may include a combination of aerobic, resistance, and balance training. It is also important for individuals with Parkinson’s disease to warm up before exercising and to listen to their body, taking breaks as needed and avoiding overexertion.
Overall, the evidence suggests that regular exercise can provide numerous benefits for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease. In addition to improving physical and mental health, regular exercise can also improve quality of life and help individuals with Parkinson’s disease to maintain their independence and ability to perform daily activities.
- Movement Disorders, “Aerobic Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease: A Meta-Analysis,” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3760919/
- Neurology, “Aerobic and Resistance Exercise Improves Physical Function in People With Parkinson’s Disease: The Parkinson Exercise And Movement (PEM) Study,” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3124640/
- Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, “Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease,” https://www.pdf.org/en/exercise_and_parkinsons_disease