Exercise and Parkinson's
Physical activity is beneficial for those with Parkinson's disease. A new review of more than 100 studies conducted over the past 30 years showed exercise has clear benefits, especially for mobility, flexibility, strength and balance. Physical symptoms of Parkinson's include loss of movement control including shaking, slowness and stiffness. Specialists believe that exercise can have a long term impact, improving gait and reducing the risk of falls.
Swimming is a great way to exercise without the risk of falling, treadmills if walking outdoors is challenging and a recumbent cycle is beneficial as you sit lower to the ground with your legs out in front of you. Dr Micheal Okun, medical director of the Parkinson's Foundation said "I pretty much never see a Parkinson's disease patient without recommending exercise."