Exercise Tips for Parkinson’s

We all know that for anyone with Parkinson’s, exercise is a vital part of the daily routine. But it doesn’t have to be repetitive or boring! It can be as fun and as imaginative as you allow it to be.

The key is consistency, force and complexity. Firstly, let’s have a look at how your symptoms can be improved with specific exercises;

If you have difficulty in these areas

 

If you have difficulty in these areas

 

Focus on these exercises

 Strength Weight training, body weight training, swimming, household lifting
 Flexibility Stretching, yoga, body balance, tai chi classes
 Gross Motor Skills Jumping, balancing, obstacle runs
 Fine Motor Skills Drawing, puzzles, writing, juggling
 Stress / Anxiety Meditation, yoga, Hypnotherapy

Every day you should be aiming to;

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

That can be reading different newspapers, listening to radio shows, listening to audio books, or even joining a book club. What about doing the various memory training puzzles?

CHALLENGE YOURSELF

Volunteer, perhaps with a Parkinson’s Support Group or Rotary or even in a knitting or sewing group. Make sure you go out each day, even if you feel a little unsteady on your feet. By using a cane or walker, you will have greater confidence.

PRACTICE WRITING BY MAKING BIG SWEEPING MOVEMENTS

A pen grip may help with control and make it easier to grip your pen lightly and decrease the force when squeezing your pen.

EXERCISE YOUR VOICE, LA LA LA LA!

Practice speaking slowly, loudly and clearly. Read aloud daily and don’t forget to sing!

EXERCISE YOUR BODY

Tailor the specific exercises that you need to suit you and your needs to maintain your health. See our chart above.

For more information about Exercise and the benefits to you, contact our InfoLine team on    1800 644 189

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