Why Moving Is Essential
We all know that exercise is good for us, but studies show that it's particularly good for people with PS or ET movement disorders. Studies show that regular exercise helps people with parkinsonian syndromes (PS) by:
- Boosting mood and helping to reduce anxiety and stress
- Improving symptoms of movement disorders to help with joint flexibility, muscle strength and tone, and improved circulation
- Possibly slowing the progression of the disease (based on animal studies)
Making the most of an exercise routine
- Make sure to do it regularly. Research shows that people with PS who engage in exercise training can improve their movement and motor functions, as well as the ability to shift weight as they sit and stand.
- Pace yourself. Work out at a time of day when your medicines help you to feel your best. You may want to split your routine so you can do half at one time and another half later.
- Safety first. Before starting any exercise routine, make sure that the doctor thinks it's a good idea. And be sure to take the proper precautions, such as wearing a helmet and following traffic laws when biking.
Looking for an easy way to get started? If your doctor gives the okay, why not turn on the radio and start dancing? It has been shown that some people with movement disorders are able to move confidently and smoothly when they exercise or dance to music. And dance isn't the only way to get moving: read on for more ideas.
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