Exercise Benefits

October 15, 2020

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you!

  • Moving your body on a regular basis will BEAT the curve of the progression of Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Moving your body on a regular basis will provide a HIGHER quality of life, now and in the future.
  • Moving your body on a regular basis will keep you mobile and independent for LONGER than those that are sedentary.


  1. ‍First, always check with your physician before starting an exercise program. And when choosing a program, don’t get caught up in the exact form of exercise (biking, boxing, running, etc.). Just find something that you ENJOY and go with that.  
  2. ‍Consistency matters!  This is not about just exercising once or twice a week.  Research is showing that consistently exercising throughout the week gets your blood pumping, your heart pounding and stimulates your brain.   Does this mean you must exercise all day, every day?  No…150 is the key!  150 minutes is the MINIMUM number of minutes you should be exercising each week. For some of you, this can be achieved in a matter of days, and for others, it’s a good goal to set.  A recent study of 3,400 people showed that those who exercised a minimum of 150 exercise minutes a week had an overall better quality of life as well as a slower progression of PD.
  3. ‍Intensity matters! You need to feel your heart pounding and be somewhat breathless to get the most benefit.  The goal is to achieve 80-85% of your maximum heart rate when you exercise.
  4. ‍Functional, BIG movements are important!   Doing movements that mimic everyday life will provide the most benefit long term.  One way to become more aware of your movements is to have a visual of someone walking, reaching or waving in mind. Then watch yourself performing those same movements in a mirror and compare your movements to your visual. PD likes to play tricks on the body and make it THINK the movements are big when they are not.
  5. Social group interaction benefits you – they offer support and accountability for everyone who belongs.  So, find a supportive group and have FUN!