THINK BIG – remember Parkinson’s will want to make movements small – it will do the bare minimum – it is lazy! So youdeliberately need to make movements bigger.
A DAILY DOSE OF EXERCISE Keep moving- exercise is now being seen as a type of medicine.
POSTURE – you need to think about your posture NOW. Look in the mirror or take a photo and check that you are straight (left and right looks symmetrical and even as well as upright. It is never too early to start thinking about your posture.
People always ask ‘How much exercise do I need to do?’. Guidelines suggest to improve fitness and boost brain fitness you should aim to do 150 minutes of moderate (brisk walk) to vigorous (boxing, cycling) a week. That equates to 5 x 30 minutes per week. BUT that is the optimal amount. So don’t be put off by that and remember 10 minutes is better than none.
Don’t be put off by the word exercise – just move better.
We all know that exercise is good for us: it boosts the brain, it reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and reduces blood pressure. It helps manage weight, improves bone health and improves fitness but some of us are put off by the word ‘exercise’.
Our PD Power programme has been running for four months now and over 20 people have applied to do it. PD Power is an exercise programme aimed at developing new neural connections to modify the path of your Parkinson’s and slow it down.
We asked participants to tell us what they think of it and how it has helped them.
Our branch has teamed up with neurophysiotherapist, Annie Rainbow, to offer a new activity called PD Power. It is a vigorous and physically demanding exercise programme for people in the early stages of Parkinson’s. It aims to help you develop new neural connections and modify the path of your Parkinson’s by changing your way of thinking, the way you move and the effort with which you move.