Parkinson’s Exercise Program – A Getting Started Guide

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– [Engineer] Sorry, go. – Hey guys, welcome back to another Facebook Live broadcast, the first one of 2018. Happy New Year. I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Sarah King, I am the owner and founder of Invigorate Physical
Therapy and Wellness here in Austin Texas, and my practice is 100% specialized in helping people
diagnosed with Parkinson’s create a plan of attack and regain the ability to go about the life that they love, feel empowered, and really be healthier
and happier year over year. So, I am so excited about our launch of our Facebook Live broadcast. Today is a really exciting topic, obviously one I’m very passionate about as a physical therapist,
which is exercise. So if you are someone who’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and you’ve heard about how impactful exercise can be on your
Parkinson symptoms, but you maybe haven’t
started an exercise program or you’re looking to
restart an exercise program. Maybe you had some momentum with an exercise program over, before the holidays, and now you’re looking
to get back on the wagon. Or maybe you’ve lost the momentum, because you had an injury,
a fall, an illness, you know, that tends to
happen over the winter months, and you’re not sure if
you can go back to doing what you were doing before, because your situation is changed. If any of that applies to you,
I’m so excited you’re here, because this is going to be a super helpful broadcast for you. We’re going to talk about
getting started or restarting your Parkinson’s exercise program and I’m going to give you
a really helpful guide that I talk with people
ad nauseum with about, and this is one of the
most popular questions I get as a physical therapist, which is how do I know where
to start my exercise program? Should I go see a physical therapist? Maybe I could only see a personal trainer, or I’ve heard so much
about these group classes, like boxing and Pedaling for Parkinson’s, but there’s so much available online. How do I know in the thick of all this exercise
availability where to start? And I have a great guide for you. I’m going to talk you
through the difference between all of those modalities and also give you a framework so that you can identify
for yourself where you are and what exercise modality
might be the best for you. So, I have created a one-page PDF, which is going to guide you through all of these different options, and you can download it over on the blog. It talks to you through physical therapy, personal training, group fitness class, and online programs,
and it’s really helpful. You can download it for
free at the website. The link is either above or
to the side of this video, and if you’re watching live, Lauren’s going to put it in
the comment section below. So, make sure that you click
on that, download that. You should be able to open that and download that without
losing this video, and just comment in the
comment section below. Let me know where you’re checking in from, why you’re here, are you
on an exercise program? Are you, do you have questions about the exercise program you’re on? Put them in the comment section below. Lauren is going to gather them up and shoot them over to me, and we will make sure to get them answered at the end of this broadcast, because I believe so passionately in the power of exercise for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s. It is the most powerful thing that you can do for your symptoms, not just now, but for the long run. Research proves that time after time, and I want to make sure
that you don’t have any obstacles to getting
started on a program, because it will literally
change your life. And I know there a lot of people watching who have changed their diagnosis and their symptoms with exercise, and if that’s you, just
give me a huge thumbs up, put in the comment section below. If you’re passionate about
exercise for Parkinson’s, share this video. The more people that know how powerful and life-changing exercise is for a Parkinson’s diagnosis, the more we can change healthcare. So, sorry went on a little
tangent there, totally unplanned, but I’m really excited to
come back to you this year. Just say hi in the comment section below. Let me know you’re here. I see so many people checking in, and as I say hi here, I’m going to get started on
our talk here in a second. Also, I wanted to say
that this talk goes well with a blog post that I did that’s the same blog post
where the free PDF is listed, and it talks through seven questions that you should be asking yourself when you’re starting a
Parkinson’s exercise program. And it outlines more than
we’ll probably talk about here, when you answer those questions, what category you might fall into. If you are more physical therapy or group fitness or whatnot. So, that blog post, again, is linked above or to
the side of this video. Bookmark it, share it. It is literally one of
my most popular posts, because it is really, really helpful. Okay, it looks like Mammy
is here, Rodger, Christine. Happy New Year! Nora, of course, Liz. Happy New Year! I think Liz is from Australia,
if I remember right. Yvette from the UK, hello, welcome. Marlene, always good to see you in here, and Bonnie from Alabama. Sally’s in here from freezing Kansas City. It’s pretty cold in Austin, too. It’s 26 degrees, I
think, which is not bad. But Bruce is here, welcome Bruce. Good to see you back here. Irene, as always, welcome. Let’s see we’ve got Ron
in here from Wisconsin. I bet it’s colder in Wisconsin
than it is here in Austin. John Diblasi is in Missouri, I know, a fellow Missourian, and
Sally from Arlington. Guys, you’re awesome. Okay, so as we go, like I said, and then Debbie says hi from Royse City. Hi, Debbie, welcome back. So, as I go here, if you have questions, or if you want to hit a thumbs
up, a heart, an angry face, you can participate that way. I love interacting with you guys. The more comments you have, the better this is for everyone. So just put them in the
comment section below. I love to answer your questions. So, today’s topic really hits
on your exercise program, which as you already know, is the most powerful thing
you could possibly be doing for your Parkinson’s symptoms. They, research just shows time after time that it increase, it does
a lot of things for you, but essentially, it’s going to increase the effectiveness of
your dopamine medication, it’s going to prevent you from
having any type of decline, it’s going to keep you mobile and independent in the long run. So, if you’re not exercising, stay put. If you are exercising, let’s
make sure that you’re doing the type of exercise that you need to get the most benefit and the most bang for your buck right now. It looks like Cindy’s in here from Canada. Oh, I know it’s cold up there. Okay, alright so my
question that I usually get, and if there’s a physical
therapist watching, which I know there are some of you, you probably get this question, too, which is with so many
options available out there, how do I know where to start? So, you have, we’re going
to boil this answer down to one of four categories. You could either go see
a physical therapist, you could go see a personal trainer, do some type of group fitness class, or do some type of online program. We’re going to talk about online
programs a little bit here, and those can vary, but for instance, I have an online program. It’s a five week Parkinson’s
specific exercise program, and it walks you through
week-by-week exercises to help with your strength, your flexibility, your
coordination, your stamina. That program is called
the Booster Program, and we are enrolling
new boosters this week. I promise not to talk
about that ad nauseum, but if you want to check that out, it’s And you know, all of
these four categories, you may do at different points along your Parkinson’s journey, or you may be doing two at once. You may be seeing a personal trainer and doing an online program. You may be doing a group fitness class and seeing a physical therapist. You may be doing a combination
of some of these things, so don’t feel like you have to be siphoned into one or the other. But when you’re going through where to start with your exercise program, there are seven things that
you need to keep in mind. Okay, so the first thing
that you should keep in mind is what is your personality? Do you prefer one-on-one? Do you like working out in a group? You know, do you, are you pretty self-motivated
and independent? There it is. I don’t know if I cut out. Okay, so, it froze on my screen. So, the first question is
where are you on your journey? Or, sorry, the first question
is what is your personality? The second question is where are you on your Parkinson’s journey? And, whether you’re newly diagnosed, you’ve been diagnosed for
three years, five years, some people have been
diagnosed for 25 years, where are you on your journey? That matters where you start. What are your goals? You know what are you hoping to achieve? What is your budget? Is question number four. What is the schedule that you prefer? Number five. Number six is how much
expertise do you need or want? And then the seventh question
you need to consider is how much guidance or
supervision do you need? So, those seven things are
going to come into play, and again on the blog, I walk you through those seven questions, and if you answer a certain
way, it’ll tell you, you’re a better candidate
for physical therapy, or you’re a better candidate
for group fitness classes. So, if you want to really dive
in, head over to the blog, but I’m going to go through the answers to those seven questions when
it comes to physical therapy, personal training, group
fitness, and online programs. So, the first thing that I’m
going to talk to you about is physical therapy. So, if you have had physical therapy for Parkinson’s specifically,
just give me a thumbs up. I hear a lot of people who have gone to physical therapy, but their therapist wasn’t
specialized in Parkinson’s, and maybe you’ve gone for your back, but not specifically for
your Parkinson’s symptoms, and there are physical
therapists out there like myself, like a few people who
are watching probably, who are specifically trained
in how to help people with Parkinson’s exercise. And there’s a difference, because your brain is
functioning differently than the general public, and I see some thumbs up and some hearts. Just share your experience
if you’re comfortable. What was your experience
with physical therapy? Put it in the comment section below. And, we can talk more about what a Parkinson’s specific exercise program should look like at a later day, but your physical therapist
will be able to help you tailor your program more
specifically to you. So, here’s how do you know if you’re ready for physical therapy. If you’ve been recently
diagnosed and you haven’t had a Parkinson’s specific physical therapist, you need to go see a physical therapist if there’s one in your area. This is because they can be one of your greatest advocates during your Parkinson’s journey, and they can track you
from the very beginning. You may go in and you may not need physical therapy right now. Chances are if you’ve been diagnosed, and you have symptoms that
are noticeable enough, you could benefit from
at least a few sessions of physical therapy, if not to just get some measurements done. Give you some preventative
exercises to be able to, you know, you don’t want to
go see a physical therapist only when you’re starting
to quote unquote get bad. You can go see a physical
therapist proactively, and say, I have Parkinson’s. How do you build a program for me, that’s Parkinson’s specific that helps you prevent
symptoms from developing, or symptoms from worsening over time? You need to be seeing a physical therapist before you feel like you need to. So, if you’ve been newly diagnosed, look up with Parkinson’s PT. There’s a link on how
to do that on my blog. Okay, if you have had a recent illness, that’s left you feeling
tired, unsteady, or weak, so in the PT world, we called
as a decline in status. If you have been ill or had an injury that’s knocked you down a few pegs lower than what you’re normal baseline is, physical therapists are designed to help you restore that
gap, and go further, but at least restore
that gap to start with. And, this is a good time to
seek out physical therapy. If you have noticed, maybe
you haven’t had an illness, or fall, or something abrupt or acute, but you’ve noticed that
you’re starting to change the way you do things
compared to your norm. So, you start to avoid walking on grass, because you feel unsteady. You start to avoid going
to the grocery store, because it feels really overwhelming, and your feet for some reason
get stuck to the floor. You are having a harder
time getting out of chairs, so you’ve noticed that you, you know, push up with both arms now, instead of spring out of the chair. Nothing has happened to you acutely, but you have noticed that you modify the things that you do everyday. This is a great time to see a PT. They can help you get back
to your previous level, and exceed it, if you go see them in time. Essentially, they can go and
they can help you restore your, you know, kind of some of your deficits that you’ve been modifying, and probably making excuses for, but this is a good time to go see a PT. Okay, and then finally, if you have fallen in the
last three to six months, this is a good time to go see a PT. One last thing is that, if your physician has referred
you to physical therapy, and you haven’t gotten it. So, if you’ve never had
a physical therapist that’s specific in Parkinson’s,
but you have a referral, this is the time to go
see a physical therapist. Obviously your neurologist
wants you to do it, and it’s a great time to
get a PT on your team. And your PT, when you have
a Parkinson’s diagnosis, should be part of your
annual check up team. You should be checking in
with your physical therapist proactively at least once a year, the same way that you go see a dentist, to have them measure where you’re at, adjust your program, because maybe last year you had troubles with dragging your toe and now
you’re pretty good with that, but you’ve noticed your
arm isn’t swinging, or you haven’t noticed that, but maybe your physical therapist will be able to notice that, and proactively give you some exercises. So, checking in with them once a year, if you haven’t been to physical
therapy in the last year, it may be a good time to go get a tune up. Okay, so when you’re looking
for a physical therapist, like I said, you want to find one that
specialize in Parkinson’s. And, these are the people
who will be able to give you the expertise, the
guidance, the safety cues. They’re going to check your form. They’re going to give you
really individualized attention. This is the most skilled
individualized attention that you will get as a Parkinson’s client, and you should take advantage of it, at least once if not once a year. So, find a good one. Go over to the blog. You can find some links to help you search for someone in your area, or you can always
message me and I can see, if I can help you connect with someone. So, the other thing when it comes to cost, about physical therapy, is typically it is
covered by your insurance at least a few sessions are
covered by your insurance. You may have a small copay but typically this is one of
the more affordable options, because insurance will
pay for it to some degree. Now, if you’re on Medicare
versus private insurance, the amount of physical
therapy you can get varies, but you are always, you
always have the opportunity and the option to pay out
of pocket, to pay cash, if you have the you know,
financial ability to do so. That’s, my practice is 100% cash based, because otherwise the insurance companies get to dictate how much therapy you get, and how much of what
kind of therapy you get. So, it’s a soapbox I’ll
stay off of for today, but that’s how you know. If you have any other questions
about physical therapy, put them in the comment section below. I’ll be happy to answer them, but that is why you may be
good for physical therapy. So, if you think that you are
headed to physical therapy this year, wear that
badge of honor with pride, because they will be one
of your greatest assets on your PT team, or on
your Parkinson’s team. I know I’m biased, but it’s so true. Okay, so give me a thumbs up,
if you think physical therapy is where you’re going to start this year. And, if you need help finding a therapist we will help get that squared away. Okay? The second category
we’re going to talk about when it comes to starting an
exercise program is to explore, could you go see a personal trainer? Now there are some overlap with physical therapy
and personal training, but not as much as many people think. So, a personal trainer is typically, there are Parkinson’s
specific physical therapists, and there can be Parkinson’s
specific personal trainers. And the power program,
which I’m trained through, trains both physical therapist
and personal trainers. So, it is possible to find both, and you want to make sure
that your personal trainer, maybe they’re more
affordable than insurance, or you know a personal trainer
typically comes into play after you graduate from physical therapy, and you’ve you know, you’ve made up this gap, and now you’re ready for
some general fitness. You can now do all of
your daily activities, but you want to be able to go walk, you know 10K with your family, or go you know, hike in the mountains, or something above and beyond what you do in your daily life. That might be a good time to transition to a personal trainer, because insurance typically
won’t pay for you to go above and beyond your daily
activities in physical therapy. So, a personal trainer
can help you do that. They can also give you some supervision. If you’re afraid you’re
going to hurt yourself, they can cue you on
form, where as you know, a group fitness class typically doesn’t, but we’ll get there in a second. And also, if you have other fitness goals, other health goals that go beyond anything
specific to Parkinson’s, you want to lose weight,
you want to get more energy, you want to get more flexible, you want to learn how to do yoga. You know I realize Parkinson’s
doesn’t run your life, a major-, or all the time. So, if you’re going to
see a personal trainer, they can help you with some
other various fitness goals that maybe are not Parkinson’s specific, but you do want to ask
your personal trainer, have you had experience with Parkinson’s? And ask them, kind of what
their comfort level is, because it does make a difference. You want them to push you, and typically if a personal trainer hasn’t worked with
Parkinson’s clientele before, they may be, they may be a
little bit more hesitant, not all of them, not all of
them, not all personal trainers. So, those are really good things to know about personal training. Again, it’s not covered by insurance. It is out of pocket, so there’s that cost, that cost component also. Now, both personal training
and physical therapy are great for accountability. You have a real life person that you know, waiting on you to show up. So, accountability is really good if that’s your personality, you like that one and one accountability. This is a good place for you to start. And, I’m trying to think of
what else for personal training. Yeah, accountability, that’s probably the end
of personal training. So, if you have a personal trainer, maybe tag him in this post. I would love to meet more
Parkinson’s personal trainers. Let me know what your experience has been with your personal trainer, and if you’ve gone to both. Maybe you had a difference
between the two. Okay, Maria says, my physical
therapist was wonderful. He has the exercises online, so if you forgot with exercises are, you can check them out anytime. That’s really helpful. Alright hi Tino, hi Larry! Welcome guys. Alright, so let’s move on. We’ve talked about physical therapy, if you’re joining us late. We’ve talked about personal training. We’re going to move into
group fitness training. So give me a thumbs up if
you go to any group classes or you have in the past,
like Rock Steady Boxing, Pedaling for Parkinson’s,
Qigong, adaptive yoga, there are so many options for Parkinson’s exercise classes, and I love the opportunities
that are available. So let’s talk about if you
would be a good candidate, ’cause sometimes people
think certain things about group fitness classes
that maybe aren’t true. So if you enjoy working out in groups, a group fitness program
obviously would be good for you. If you, you know, I call
these people tribesmen, who love the clan. I’m one of those people. That’s why I have a tribe. That’s why I have you. I love my tribe, so I love group fitness. I love bringing people together. I love the comradery. If you love, if you want to have this, like family outside of your home, it can be a great place
to form a lot of bonds, and typically, if it’s
a Parkinson’s specific group fitness class, the instructor has some background in training in Parkinson’s clientele, if they’re marketing
as a Parkinson’s class, most of the time. You do want to do your homework, ask them where their training has been. Understand that in a group fitness class, you’re not going to get
individualized attention, and it is going to be averaged out. So the instructor is
going to look at the group of 10, 15, some classes
have many more than that, which may not be the greatest, but it is still movement. So they’re not going
to be able to give you individualized attention if it’s say more than six people to one trainer. So if you’re okay with that, and you’re not looking to
specifically improve any deficits, like you know, freezing, or you want specific strategies, a group fitness class
is a great place to be. And we have a wonderful group
fitness class here in Austin. It’s called Power for Parkinson’s. There’s so much camaraderie there and I think attendance is like 96%, because the community is really what brings people together. So you do have to have
the ability to get a ride. Obviously, you do have to
have something in your area, although there are some
Parkinson’s Fitness classes that live stream their videos so that you could do it from home. Just make sure that you, there’s
not a safety issue there. And also understand that
if you are a fall risk, the safety and the expertise
and then the guidance, just make sure that your
fitness instructor knows that you have some issues
with freezing sometimes or that you might need things modified because of a specific obstacle
that you particularly face. Make sure your group
fitness class instructor is aware of that so that they can modify
things to you as well. Okay, so again, if you have symptoms that are specific that you have to talk to your group fitness class
instructor about, like freezing, or you know back pain,
those are also indicators that you would benefit
from a physical therapist. So, pain is always a good reason to go see a physical therapist
and any of those limitations. So, you may be doing both. You may be, and I send a lot of my clients to group fitness classes. Excuse me, to group fitness classes while we’re doing physical therapy, so that they get a good
well-rounded program. So, you can be doing both. Okay, Mammy says she does
belly dancing, yoga, and Zumba. Gosh that’s amazing, I love dancing. Marie does Pedaling for
Parkinson’s and boxing. Elaine, welcome Elaine. I don’t remember seeing
you in here before, but you’ve done dance class
and you found it very good. That’s amazing, dance is
so good for your brain. Tyler Tracy, love seeing
another PT in here, Tyler. And Debbie, okay awesome. Okay, so those are reasons why a group training class
may be good for you. And, to find a group
fitness class in your area, it may take some digging. Check with your local community centers. Ask the physical therapist in your area, or maybe that you see if they know of any good group fitness
classes, typically they do. And you know, looking
on Rock Steady Boxing, Pedaling for Parkinson’s websites, Dance for Parkinson’s, Dance for PD. They all have programs
all around the country, so those are good places to start. Okay, so our fourth and final category is online programs or online training. So, this can run the gamut, right? This can be as simple as a video posted on YouTube, which we definitely have a
lot of those at Invigorate, and all the way up to solidified
actual plans and programs that you can do from home
that are more structured. So again, the program that
I built and I offered 100%, because I had so many
people reach out to me from outside of Austin
that needed a program. I mainly heard that these
people, it might be you watching, you are in the middle of you know Toronto, or you’re in the middle of nowhere Canada, or Wisconsin, or Minnesota, and you can’t drive 45 minutes to an hour, three days a week to go see, you know, the group fitness class. And so, you want something
you can do from home. Online training is a
great place to do that. This is the program that I built. There are some other options
we’re going to talk about too. It’s called the booster program. It’s five weeks long, it’s
open for enrollment this week, so total shameless plug, but I, in my opinion it is
one of the best programs to balance motivation, and accountability, and guidance with exercise. And, everything’s laid out for you. It’s one click and it’s
there, very low tech. So, all you really have
to do with my program, and most of these online videos, if you’re looking for an online option, is just be able to play a video. And, the thing that
you want to incorporate with online training though, is if you’re doing exercise videos, say on YouTube that you found, either on Invigorate’s site, or many other sites that are out there, you want to have some
type of accountability. So, whether it’s an
accountability partner, or a support group, online support group, you want to make sure that you have someone
keeping you accountable, unless you’re really motivated. If you are an independent
a lones-man as I would say, if you’re a lones-man and you
like to work out on your own, you’re very committed and disciplined, and I have a few of those clients, and you’re exercising on your own, getting up, watching the
videos, doing your exercises, and excuse me, going about your
day is really easy for you, you may be great with an online program. An online program also is great to supplement your other activities with. So, maybe you’re doing
group fitness class. You’ve got boxing on Mondays, and Wednesdays, and Fridays, and you just want something
to do on the days in between, maybe two or three days a week, an online program or plugging
in some online videos would be a great place to do that as well. If you’re not particularly self motivated, just picking out YouTube videos might not be the best option for you, because you do want to
reach a level of intensity that is challenging. That’s what’s important about a Parkinson’s
specific exercise program. So, staying at home and
just doing videos on YouTube that are just stretching
and not doing anything else, you may not be getting the most benefit from your exercise program,
because it’s not intense. It’s not tailored to you, but
it could be a good supplement, if you’re getting those in other places. So, if you can’t drive again
this is a good option for you. So, I’m mostly talking about
when I say online programs, I’m mostly talking about
videos available online. Now, there’s some DVDs, you know that you could play from home if you still have a DVD player. I think Davis Phinney
Foundation has some videos that they put up that are really good, and Brian Grant Foundation has some videos that they put up the that are good. So, those are what I’m talking about when it comes to online
videos or online programs. If you’ve done an online program and you, and I haven’t mentioned it, put in the comment section below. I’d love to know about it. But again, if you’re interested
in doing the online program, and you’re interested in
joining the booster program, this week is, we’re starting a whole new
round of boosters on Monday, so you can go to to check it out, learn more. I think we had last year, in January we had 88
people join in January. And I hop on once a week to
do a Facebook Live broadcast just to our booster program, because online programs can be hard when you don’t have someone
holding you accountable. So make sure that if you’re
doing an online program, you have someone to hold you accountable, that’s preferably not your spouse or the person that you live with, because that can get dicey sometimes. So those are our four options. Again to recap, we’ve got personal
training, physical therapy, group fitness classes,
and online programs, and again, if you are a little overwhelmed with everything I just threw at you, go check out the blog post. It’s linked either above or
to the side of this video. And I created for you
a one-page PDF outline that walks you through
the different elements, who it’s best for, your goals, what criteria you might
have to meet to be, you know, doing physical
therapy or personal training, the cost of each, frequency
that would be required, and the safety and expertise level. So this is a great little
free downloadable PDF. You can check it out and figure out where you are best to start. And just know that if you’re
going to start, start. It doesn’t, if you’re, don’t be paralyzed by being analysis, what is that, analysis paralysis. Don’t overthink it. If you feel instinctual that you should go see a physical therapist, go do it. If you want to hop on our
online program, come do it. If you’re really stuck, reach out, ask. I would love to answer your questions, but really just embracing the exercise has to be a part of your daily routine, just starting there and going from there. You’re going to have so
much success in 2018. So I’m going to hop in here and answer some of your questions here. But, I would love to hear from you. Where do you think you’re going to start? Tell me why. I would love to hear. When you share, I learn and
I can help other people, you know, in reflection. So let’s see. I’m going to cycle through here. If you have questions, put them in the comment section below. I’m going to do my best
to get to all of these. I think … Oh, oh, oh. I got to go all the way back up. So it looks like Bruce said, had this for 10 years now, feeling fatigue after exercising. So I push through this or add more to my walking
and weight lifting and add more to walking hills? Had DBS and on no meds
now going on four years and then your comment trails off, Bruce. Fatigue is tricky. So I would say, Bruce, Lauren, we can link a
video or link a blog post that I wrote about Parkinson’s fatigue, because fatigue can be
a really tricky issue, and I’ll make sure that I link a, a link to the blog post
right below your comment so that you can explore maybe what area of fatigue to explore first, ’cause it’s really complicated question. Essentially there are
maybe four different areas where this fatigue may be coming from that you could start at. So it’s hard for me to answer that question specifically Bruce, but I’m going to give you a resource so that you can investigate
a little bit further. So thank you for that question. And if you have questions
about fatigue for yourself, and you’re not Bruce, check out that link. I’ll put it under his comment soon, or you can go to the
blog,, and search fatigue and it should come up. Okay let’s see. We’ve got Larry says, went
for a brisk run with your, walk today, negative
three degrees outside. Oh my goodness, no way. Alright. Michelle says, you’ve
done LSPT big and boxing. That’s awesome. Randy is tuning in from Toronto. Personal trainer with 15 years experience, and a cycling coach, very good. Yes, Dr. Jay Abrams out of, or Alberts, out of the
Cleveland Clinic is amazing. I just told someone
about him the other day. Welcome. Alright, let’s see. Beverly’s here from Texas. Perk says, great cycling classes specific to Parkinson’s
Community starting in January. Check out Perk Training. Okay, Perk Training. Haven’t heard of you, but
we will check you out. Alright, Tino says, what is
best once a day or twice a day? Tino, once a day. Don’t kill yourself to
workout twice a day. If you can get to a point where you’re working out
once a day, that’s wonderful. If you’re currently
not working out at all, and you think that
working out one day a week would be a victory, then
work out one day a week. So, you don’t have to
work out twice a week. Work out once in a short period of time, and get the benefits, and
then go on with your day. I realize it’s getting dark
here, and my light is fading. Alright, Mammy says, it’s so cold here that I
don’t want to leave the house. I totally understand,
Mammy, we’re here too. I had a message from
someone the other day though that said it was negative 40
degree wind chill in Canada, and she went outside and
walked outside for 15 minutes. So, I have no excuse. She is negative 40 degree wind chill. Isn’t that crazy? That’s amazing, so anyway. Marie says in capital area in capital area in New York state, I do a calendar of events. I would be happy to email
anyone who would like, who would like it sent to them. Great, if you’re in New
York in the capital area, in central area in New York State, Marie is going to be a
great resource for you. Thank you, Marie, that’s amazing. I love this community so much. Amatola from the UK, welcome. Hope you’re doing well. And then finally, it looks like we have
Bonnie from Newfoundland. Got to admit that I’ve not been exercising since Christmas came in, but will stay, will be starting back up soon, yes. So, you are not alone Bonnie. I think a lot of people get
off track during the holidays. So, if that’s you, and you’re looking for Parkinson’s specific exercise program, again come check out the booster, It’s five weeks, it’s completely online, Parkinson’s specific, really challenging. I’m literally live the entire time, checking in with you via Facebook, giving you motivational emails. We’ve got a tribe online that checks in, and we’re very active in there. So, I would love for you
to be part of our tribe. We start together on Monday. And if you need help getting moving, especially in this cold, it’s a great great program. So Cindy says, recovering from
probable two cracked ribs. Should I wait a few weeks before
starting a fitness program? Yes and I would go see
a physical therapist. So Cindy, pain and difficulty breathing are definitely good, you
know, if you’re needing help, you’ve knocked yourself down a peg, and you need help getting
back up to where you were, that’s where physical
therapy can come into play. Unfortunately with fractured ribs, those are just so painful that
moving at all, as you know, is going to be really, really challenging. So comfort measures right now, making sure that you can kind of decrease the
pain as much as possible, and going in to see a physical therapist to help you regain your movement once you’re feeling a little bit better would be a really good idea for you. Mammy says your snow-blowing,
takes 40 minutes. That’s great exercise too. Okay so thank you guys
so much for joining me. Again, go download the free
PDF on the blog, totally free. I made it just for you. And I would love to hear from you what you’re planning on doing
in 2018 and in the future. Actually right now, if you feel like this video
has been helpful for you, please share it, just hit
share, put it on your page, put it in a support group somewhere. The more people that
know how to get started on an exercise program for
their Parkinson’s symptoms, literally the better the world will be. So I appreciate you all. Let me know if you have any questions, and I will be back the
third Monday of January to talk about even more
Parkinson’s specific topics. So, I am sending you all lots of big hugs. As always, keep moving, and I
will see you guys next time. Bye.

12 thoughts on “Parkinson’s Exercise Program – A Getting Started Guide

  1. Got diagnosed 2017 I go Monday for physio, Tuesday balance class Wednesday strecth class Thursday pool therapy’s Friday gym to walk three laps and Tuesday n Wednesday I walked to o

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