Physical exercise and Parkinson’s disease
You may be aware of just how important it is to keep your body active if you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It will help you keep strong, and ensure that your keep more of your ability to move than if you halted movement completely. Of course each case of Parkinson’s disease is different, and what type of movement and exercise program which would suit you is something which you should discuss with your doctor or your movement therapist.
The exercises that you engage with should be suited to your specific needs, both in type of exercises and intensity. The duration of exercise should also be suited to your physical fitness level as well as the limitations which the symptoms of the illness may present you with. Your overall health is of course a major factor in what type of exercises may be suiting for you as well, but as a general thighs which include soft stretching and resistance training is good such as swimming, water aerobics and yoga.
For Parkinson’s patients often it’s suggested that some facial muscle practice is included, making faces to the mirror, and practicing speaking with over articulation to ensure that deterioration in control of facial movements is slowed, and the risk of being afflicted by the mask face syndrome is lessened.
Exercise is always encouraged, and if you have difficulty in getting up and down, sitting exercises, or exercises in bed is also suggested. Ensuring that there is a fun part in exercising and learning something new, or a social aspect is also important, perhaps testing out dance therapy or picking up a new hobby such as gardening or tai chi. Speaking to your doctor is highly recommended before starting a new exercise regime.