According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, yoga can help with flexibility, breathing, and posture as well as relaxation and stress reduction. Best of all, it’s “a self-paced activity,” the foundation adds, which means you don’t have to perform certain exercises if your physical limitations get in the way. Bonus: Your routine can be modified depending on your needs — for example, doing seated yoga in a chair.
“Yoga is really my go-to,” Subramanian says. “Mind-body exercises are really beneficial for mental health, which is important given the risk for anxiety and depression in Parkinson’s disease.”
Tips for Exercising Safely, Before starting an exercise program, consult with your neurologist and primary care doctor about any health concerns and ask for recommendations, the Parkinson’s Foundation advises.
Ask your doctor to refer you to a physical therapist who knows about Parkinson’s; together, the two of you can identify any concerns and physical limitations you may have. Your exercise regimen should be targeted to address your symptoms and physical limitations.
You should stop any exercise or stretch that causes pain, and take steps to prevent falls while exercising, such as:
If indoors, remove area or throw rugs
Work out in well-lit areas
Don’t use rolling chairs
Work out with friends or “buddies,” particularly when performing outdoor activities