Living well with Parkinson’s
Exercise is a part of healthy living for everybody. However, for people living with Parkinson’s exercise should not be optional but essential.
Research data shows that exercise is beneficial for people living with Parkinson’s. It is second only to medication in terms of effectiveness in slowing the progression of the disease.
Exercise can benefit people living with Parkinson’s in two ways:
- Symptom ManagementIt improves gait, balance, tremor, flexibility, strength and coordination.
- Slowing disease progressionPracticing movement, improves movement slowing symptoms.
Regular exercise has been shown to:
- Reduce muscle stiffness
- Improve mobility with better posture, balance and gait
- Decrease depression and anxiety
- Enhance memory
- Reduce fatigue
- Improve constipation
- Assist with slowed movement (bradykinesia)
- Improve speech, and reduce swallowing and drooling
- Improve writing and fine motor skills
Exercise is crucial for living well with Parkinson’s. Second only to your medication.
It will help you carry out daily activities. Plus, it has the added benefit of keeping your body healthy and potentially free of other issues which may amplify your Parkinson’s.
- Parkinson’s NSW Services
- National Disability Insurance Scheme
- Exercise & Living Well
- Support Groups
- Parkinson’s Passport
- Research Grants
- Take part in research
- Act On Parkinson’s