ALL EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE - PERIOD!
WHILE MEDICATIONS MAY HELP TO CONTROL SYMPTOMS, FEW ARE REPORTED TO SLOW PROGRESSION. EXERCISE ACTUALLY SLOWS PROGRESSION AND MAY REVERSE SOME MOTOR SYMPTOMS SIGNIFICANTLY - POSSIBLY TO THE POINT OF NEEDING NO MEDICATION AT ALL.
When planning an exercise program, important questions arise:
Which exercise is best? Any exercise is better than none. BUT intensity matters. Few benefits are realized if the exercise does not increase your heart rate and bring you to the edge of sweating.
How much should I exercise? A lot! Three days a week minimum. Five is better. You may choose to alternate types of exercise and intensity every other day. A session should last thirty minutes or more. You should rest two days a week.
What problems may occur?
Injury is number one. So it is critical to get well informed, preferably professional guidance. Excessive exercise may reach the point of diminishing returns.
The single most important exercise is Mindful Swift Walking. Every time you start to walk no matter where or why, you need to correct your posture and gait so no one can tell you have Parkinson's And, of course, you should discuss your exercise plans with your healthcare professional before starting.
Your cardiovascular system needs to become more robust. This requires increasing your heart rate to 75% of your maximum for twenty minutes or more. This level of intensity is usually accompanied by sweating.
Diminished muscle strength is a result of age and diminished use. Focused resistance training is best. You will need a physical therapist and/or a professional trainer to make this happen. You need to do it correctly to make sure you won't get hurt. Do not use free weights unless you are supervised by a trainer or therapist.
Neuroplastic Stimulation requires you be purposeful and conscious of what your body is doing while going through the normal activities of daily life. Plus you need to engage your mind with activities that challenge your problem-solving skills and your imagination.