Regular Exercise Helps to Reduce Parkinson’s Symptoms

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Tremors, shaking, slower movements may be part of everyday life for those living with Parkinson’s Disease. However, while these symptoms may have you believe that you cannot exercise, ride a bike, or go for a walk, the opposite is true. If you are suffering from Parkinson’s, you may be able to reap tremendous benefits by exercising regularly and even getting back on a bike.

Parkinson’s is Challenging but Exercise Can Make it Easier
Living with Parkinson’s is a struggle as you slowly lose mobility. If your loved one lives in a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, they can take advantage of regular exercise and therapy to keep their flexibility and balance. According to research, there are a few benefits of dusting off the Huffy, going for walks and enjoying the outdoors.

  • Your Brain Becomes More Resourceful: When you exercise, your brain learns to use dopamine more efficiently. This translates into a possible reduction in Parkinson’s symptoms and improves your overall health. Even as little as 2.5 hours a week lessens your declining mobility compared to afflicted individuals who do not exercise.
  • Your Symptoms Can Be Reduced: A neuroscientist and researcher at the Cleveland Clinic named Jay Alberts, rode a tandem bicycle with a Parkinson’s sufferer across the state of Iowa. After the ride, the patient indicated that she did not feel like she had the disease. Her handwriting improved considerably as well.
  • You Might Alleviate Some Cognitive Problems: By forcing yourself to exercise, you can regain some of your mental alertness that the disease has robbed you of. Imagine being able to multitask again or having the mental acuity to problem-solve once more, all from staying active.

While there is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease, there is no reason to give up living life to the fullest. Go ahead! Get back on your bike, go for short but regular walks, do some stretching, try yoga or pilates, rediscover the joy of an active but safe lifestyle.

The skilled nursing facilities at Wesley Enhanced Living help elderly residents get back on track with their physical needs and re-engage in life. Contact one of our Philadelphia area locations and find out why our seniors call Wesley Enhanced Living home for continuing care services. Our staff will be glad to discuss your needs, give your family a tour, and inform you of our comprehensive services.

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