Exercise is an important prescription to maintaining well-being for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease. It promotes both physical and mental fitness, including helping to develop new neural pathways which can take over the functions of ones damaged by progression of the disease. This is called neural plasticity, explains Robert TerSteege, Information and Referral Associate at Parkinson Canada www.parkinson.ca In honour of Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April, here are his top 3 tips for staying active to increase mobility, longevity and maintain independent living.
Caution: Always consult with a physician first before beginning or intensifying an exercise regime.
- 1.Do something you love. Exercise doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. It can be as simple as walking, dancing or even gardening. If it’s something that you already enjoy, chances are better that you will do the activity. Now that it’s springtime with warmer weather on the way, it’s the perfect opportunity to stroll in parks, practice tai chi or outdoor yoga, dance at outdoor concerts or to pull on the gardening gloves and dig in the dirt.
- 2.Partner up with a workout buddy. People are generally social animals. Having a companion you’re accountable to will help to keep you motivated. Keeping in regular contact with others whose company you enjoy will also help keep your mood on the upswing. Don’t worry if you don’t have a partner. Look into community resources for exercise groups and programs that are either free, or charge minimal fees.
- 3.Just keep doing it. Even if you start out like gangbusters then lose steam and begin to do less, don’t stop! A little exercise is better than none. Exercise will improve anyone’s overall well-being, help maintain mobility, promote healthy aging and ultimately, help maintain independent living.
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