Moving With Your Loved One

Physical exercise has been shown to improve some symptoms of movement disorders, including balance, tremor, and coordination, as well as possibly slow the progression of the disease, based on early research with animal studies. But did you know that it can be just as beneficial to caregivers? Regular exercise has been shown to help decrease stress and increase energy levels. Most people who exercise say that it also contributes to their general well-being.

For a list of books and DVDs about movement disorders and exercise, search the National Parkinson Foundation's PD Library.

Staying on track

Here are some ideas for creating an exercise routine that you can enjoy together:

  • Choose classes or activities that you both enjoy
  • Practice what you learned at home
  • Choose a class or activity that meets regularly, and mark that day on your calendar for a few months in advance
  • Choose group activities in which you and your loved one can meet and bond with other caregivers and people with movement disorders
  • Keep an exercise diary to keep track of new skills or improvements (eg, a new dance step, yoga pose, or the distance you walked or swam)

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