After you’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, try to start an exercise regimen as soon as possible, says the Parkinson’s Foundation. The foundation calls this the “pre-habilitation stage,” and warns against waiting until you start to have pain or problems with your movements to begin an exercise regimen.
Still, it’s never too late to start. People who have advanced Parkinson’s and exercise have better health-related quality of life than people who don’t exercise, so it’s important to stay active and even try new routines as your condition progresses.
“There are so many benefits to exercise with Parkinson’s disease,” Subramanian says. “In addition to all the positive effects on symptoms and progression, there are other benefits as well, including social ones, if you work out as part of a group. Exercising will also likely help you to sleep better, which is important for overall health.”
“Really,” she continues, “the more physical activity the better, as long as you’re safe. And if you’re worried about staying motivated, a general rule is that any exercise that you love is something you’re going to keep doing.”
Don’t hesitate to try different things, too, which will challenge your brain and your body. “You’ll see the positives right away,” she says.
for example, Yes, boxing can be a fun and beneficial type of exercise for Parkinson’s disease, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. However, your boxing routine should be “noncontact” (meaning no hitting others or being hit by others) and performed in a safe and proper setting.
Boxing is a workout that combines aerobic activity, strength training, balance movements, and agility exercise all in one. Plus, it also provides a mental workout, challenging both the body and the brain, the foundation adds.
Balance is an important aspect of mobility, and people with Parkinson’s commonly experience balance problems when standing or moving around, the APDA notes. Dance and tai chi are two activities that can help you improve balance, and the APDA recommends performing