Personal Trainers Improve Parkinson’s Exercise Outcomes

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Personal Trainers Improve Parkinson’s Exercise Outcomes

All exercise is good for people living with Parkinson’s, however exercise with a Personal Trainer is even better.

Working with a Personal Trainer will make you fitter, stronger and increase your lean body mass more effectively than working out in an exercise facility or club on your own.

A US study of 129 volunteers aged 20 to 65 who undertook 10 weeks of exercise guided by Personal Trainers found that 73 percent of participants (who were not already fit) showed improvement during the trial.

Another research project directly compared untrained individuals with those who were supported by a Personal Trainer.

It found that those who had guidance over a five-month period gained muscular endurance and formed positive exercise habits. The unsupervised group lost muscular endurance and failed to stick to regular exercise routines.

According to the Australian Institute of Fitness, certified Personal Trainers:

  • Are trained and able to educate you about effective exercise.
  • Demonstrate correct technique so you can perform exercises safely and correctly for optimum results.
  • Can meet your unique exercise requirements.
  • Help you set realistic goals.
  • Hold you accountable and help you to commit and stick to your fitness goals.
  • Help you manage your exercise time and routines for maximum results.
  • Can advise on nutrition to complement your exercise.
  • Help you improve your mental health through exercise which releases endorphins.
  • Help you form good habits.
  • Fit in with your schedule so you can tailor your exercise times.
  • Are flexible in choice of location for your exercise.

Parkinson’s NSW has a qualified and Parkinson’s-experienced Personal Trainer on staff. She can provide advice over the phone, set up and lead Parkinson’s exercise groups and provide individual Personal Training in Sydney.

Want to learn more? Phone the Parkinson’s NSW InfoLine: 1800 644 189

Sources

  • Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
  • Fennell C, Peroutky K, Glickman EL (2016) Effects of Supervised Training Compared to Unsupervised Training on Physical Activity, Muscular
  • Australian Institute of Fitness