What Are The Best Type of Exercises For Parkinson's Disease? And How Often Should You Do Them?

Updated: Jun 28



What Are The Best Type of Exercises For Parkinson's Disease?


Maybe you have recently found out you have Parkinson's, or possibly you are caring for a loved one who has been suffering from Parkinson's Disease for years, and you are looking to keep mobile as possible.


Here are some common symptoms that you or your loved one might be experiencing because of Parkinson's and looking to add exercise to help manage: frequent falls, increased leg or back pain, noticeable change in your posture, or even frequent headaches.


There is an assortment of exercises that you can do to help with improving your wellbeing and help you manage daily your Parkinson's symptoms. However, when it comes to Parkinson's Disease, you want to focus on certain elements to help with maintaining your abilities to continue to perform necessary daily activities around the house.


Here are 3 essential components for developing your weekly Parkinson's exercise routine.


  1. Strong, Large Motions: Adding powerful and big movements to your exercises may help fight against the classic small amplitude motions that can be observed when someone with Parkinson's walks or attempts to move around.

  2. Add Some Challenge: If exercises are too simple, you might find the results are limited or non-existent. Your exercising should not cause pain or discomfort (leave the 'no pain no gain' theory aside). However, exercises for Parkinson's should have some degree of challenge and address strengthening the critical muscle groups that help us get up from a chair or assist us while we walk.

  3. Incorporate the brain: Challenging the brain when designing your Parkinson's workout is essential. Various daily activities that we routinely perform in the home, like bathing, dressing, cooking, walking to the bathroom - can require coordination and higher-level processing. Therefore, incorporating the mind during physical exercise can be highly important for someone managing Parkinson's.


How Often Should You Perform Your Exercises For Parkinson's?


When it comes to how often you should exercise when managing symptoms related to Parkinson's, up to 30 minutes of daily exercise is the ideal goal.


If you are new to exercising or have not been able to tolerate much physical activity, starting with 5-10 minute bouts of exercise can show benefits and results in managing the ill effects of Parkinson's. If you are exercising daily, aim to address different muscle groups and activities to minimize the risk of injury or pure boredom.


Having an expert assist you in designing an appropriate individualized exercise program to help manage your mobility to assist in keeping you living at the most independent can be life-altering, especially if you are living with Parkinson's. As mobile physical therapy and occupational therapy provider, we help individuals like you or your loved one aged 65+ improve your mobility to keep you active and living at the most optimal level, all in the comfort of your home.


You can give us a phone call as your mobile, in-home physical therapy and occupational therapy provider in Waukesha. In addition, we provide our services physical therapy at home throughout the Greater Milwaukee area to help you get this problem solved.


If you are looking for a solution to your walking problem or fall prevention for seniors to keep you independent and you or your loved one lives in Waukesha, Brookfield, New Berlin, Pewaukee, Delafield, Hartland, Oconomowoc, Greenfield, New Berlin, Muskego, Wales, Greendale, Franklin, Oak Creek, Whitefish Bay, or in surrounding Greater Milwaukee communities, give us a quick phone call to schedule your physical therapy appointment or complete this quick form to set up your FREE 20-minute call ($75 value) with a mobile at-home physical therapist to discuss your current situation!


Talk more soon!!

Preston, PT


P.S. If you’re experiencing difficulty in your walking and/or balance, which restricts your ability to get around your home without feeling worried, please download the walking and balance tips report, which includes actionable tips I give to my patients at Prestige Therapy and Wellness, LLC —> Download Here