47. PD Warrior : Exercise

Exercise is really important for people living with Parkinson’s

Sometimes a boring sentence says it all.  I didn’t want to ‘joowsh’* up the sentence by adding a joke, just in case someone misunderstood and didn’t exercise.

*to joowsh, I joowsh, we joowsh, you joowsh

To reiterate :

If you are an exerciser, please continue to be an exerciser

If you are not an exerciser, please become an exerciser

Before I get heckled – I know that people are at different stages, have different symptoms/progression.  But even a teeny tiney amount of exercise must be possible for (almost) everyone, even a stretch of the upper tricpricales.

NB exercising does not always mean a marathon, or 1,000 squat thrusts a la Superstars, it can mean a brisk walk, or some seated exercise stretches.  Please consult a medical professional before exercising, you don’t want to add an injury to the insult that is PD.

Now is a time for an admission.  I used to incorporate exercise into every day but I have let exercise slip recently and (not sure if it is a coincidence) but things are getting more difficult.  And then a new symptom popped up which a weakness in my knees with zipping pain.

Weakness – a word that has worried me.  I haven’t had that before.

The original name for PD was The Shaking Palsy – shaking is self explanatory, palsy means weakness.

Everywhere I turn there is evidence that exercise is crucial in managing PD and I should see it as vital like taking medication.

On with the blog :

Pd Warrior is a new high intensity exercise class specifically for PD.  In an earlier blog, I wrote about going to the PD Warrior training course for Physios in London Town.  Well, we have finally found a local course.

Being (virtually) a non driver, and having a disabled bus pass (with carer pass), we got a free bus ride door to door.

Subsidised fee on the class – so doing well.

But then obviously we blew the budget on the cafe …

A circuit set up in a local leisure centre, overseen by an absolutely amazing, top notch, professional, yet friendly,  physio* (yes, the physio does read the blog), including :

  • Cycling
  • Rowing
  • Stepping  over low hurdles.
  • Boxing
  • Throwing a soft ball against a wall and catching it.
  • Throwing scarves in the air and catching.
  • Doing squats
  • Stretching a band

All seems quite ordinary and tame, however for maximum impact we needed to :

  • Use big movements
  • High intensity, pushing ourselves for a few minutes on each station
  • Incorporate multi tasking – for example naming alphabetical lists whilst exercising

It was brilliant, some bits more difficult than others.

Top tips :

  • When you are wearing boxing gloves, and your opponent is wearing ‘the hitting at’ boxing pads on their hands.    Look your opponent in the eye and … when the opponent starts to sweat, ramp it down a notch 😉

Thank you tout la monde

Over and out …





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