exercise and parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s disease affects nearly one million Americans, and roughly 50,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. A disorder that affects neurons controlling muscle movement, this disease typically shows symptoms in a gradual pattern. Often someone affected with notice trembling in one hand, which then progresses to both hands, tremors, a shuffling gait, balance issues, difficulties with intentional movement and slurred speech. Not everyone living with Parkinson’s show the same symptoms, which makes it difficult to diagnose, especially in the early stages. While there’s no cure, there are proven options to help reduce the symptoms and slow the progression. This is where we recommend daily exercise.

Exercise provides oxygen and glucose to the brain. This helps maintain cognitive skills, muscle control and fine and gross motor skills. And, because Parkinson’s disease often affects people over 50, many are also dealing with natural age progression.  According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

•As muscles age, they begin to shrink and take longer to respond

•Tendons become stiffer & less able to tolerate stress

•Handgrip strength decreases, making routine tasks more difficult

•The heart muscle becomes less capable, making us tire more quickly

•Joint motion becomes more restricted & flexibility decreases

•Joints become inflamed and arthritic as the cushioning cartilage begins to breakdown

Daily exercise can help minimize the effects of aging and Parkinson’s disease. Talk to your personal trainer today to find out which exercises would be best for you. Contact Jacey at Fitness and Beyond for more information. Call 402-502-2729 or visit the Fitness and Beyond website: http://fitnessandbeyondomaha.com