It is important to seek the advice of a movement disorder specialist in treating your Parkinson's. Any exercise should be cleared by your physician before starting.
Why Should Your Workout Should Be High-Intensity
According to Jane E. Brody for The New York Times on January 26, 2015, researchers are discovering that exercise can be medicine for those with P.D.
"Polish researchers demonstrated that HIIT (High-Intensity Training) could alleviate the rigidity and excessive muscle tone that makes it difficult for Parkinson's disease patients to move their arms and legs. The researchers from the University School of Physical Education in Krakow, Poland, showed in 11 patients with mild to moderate Parkinson's symptoms that eight weeks of HIIT, three times a week on a stationary bike, had a global benefit, improving both lower and upper body function.
Reductions in rigidity and stiffness correlated with an increase in a substance called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which the researchers suggested could have stimulated the growth and function of nerves normally influenced by dopamine, the neurotransmitter that declines in Parkinson's*."
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UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE, CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, PHD
CLEVELAND CLINIC JAY ALBERT, PHD
The Science of Exercise
John J . Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Treating PD With Therapy
BRYN MAWR REHABILITATION HOSPITAL
LSVT BIG AND LOUD PROGRAM
Exercise Programs Designed for PD
Total Body Rehab, Lansdale, Pennsylvania
West Chester YMCA of Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania, Spin Classes for PD
Kennett Square YMCA, Pennsylvania
DANCE FOR PD
Local Listings for Gyms
Check your local listings for gyms, trainers, YMCAs, therapists, etc., who have training in Parkinson's disease and exercise. As with all exercise programs, please consult your Movement Disorder Specialist and family physician to make sure you are physically able to start a fitness routine. Remember, every movement matters, so keep on keeping on!