Clinical studies have not proven that it’s possible to delay the progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD) but we’re absolutely able to manage symptoms of Parkinson’s as best we can with a careful diet and regular exercise. It’s popular advice for any condition, so we’ve looked to the best possible sources to try and scratch beneath the surface of ‘diet and exercise’ and understand more.
So why should we exercise?
As well as improving gait and our range of motion, other benefits found in clinical trials have found
- Better control of your movement
- Improved circulation
- Improved flexibility
- Better balance
- Fewer muscle and joint injuries
- Better cardiovascular health
- Less constipation
- Improved sleep
Whilst you may want to consult your doctor before embarking on a new exercise regime below are some suggestions that will help you relieve some of the common symptoms of Parkinson’s :
- Regular stretching can help you relieve some of the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including muscle tension, decreased range of motion and increased risk of muscle injury.
- Tai chi may improve your balance and provide mind and body relaxation.
- Yoga uses stretching and breathing techniques to promote wellness.
- Swimming uses gentle resistance to help improve range of motion, strength, flexibility, balance, and posture.
- In early progression of the disease dancing can in fact help temporarily to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and improve balance and initiation of movement.
- Pilates may improve flexibility, balance, and energy.
The PI is an American institute but the nutritional guidance and explanation of the why exercising with PD is important is some of the clearest and helpful we’ve found. Why exercise? Click here to find out why Nutritional guidance: Food for the brain also offers very thorough advice. Click here. In simple terms it illustrates the importance of how we can:
- Optimise our diet and reduce toxins
- Increase omega-3 fats
- Explains why we need vitamin D and magnesium