Having Parkinson’s does not mean you should sit
down and stop being active. Actually the opposite
is true. Exercise, which includes being active,
stretching, practicing good posture and doing
specific exercises, should be a key component of
your daily life.
WhyWHY IS EXERCISE IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON’S?
Being active is one of the most important things you can
do to maintain your physical and mental well-being.
Exercise will not alter the progression of Parkinson’s but
it is essential for maintaining your quality of life.
Studies clearly show that people with Parkinson’s who
exercise fare better in the long run than people with
Parkinson’s who do not exercise.
People with Parkinson’s need to exercise to prevent the
negative effects of inactivity. Moving, stretching and
exercising as much as you can will also help prevent
secondary effects that may develop such as:
• Poor posture
• Decreasing range of movement (losing flexibility)
• Decreased strength particularly in the muscles that
hold you upright, resulting in a tendency to stoop
• Decreasing endurance (being out of breath
• Poor balance
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