Exercise

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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 3:47pm

Hi friends!
Any thoughts out there about the best forms of exercise for Parkinson's?

I like to swim, walk, run, lift weights. Also, I participated in a program called L SVT Big, which is specifically targeted to offset Parkinson's symptoms. I do these every day. They take about a half-hour, and I have found them very useful.
My problem is that I don't seem to have the energy to do much besides these, and walking. I'm sure I'm not doing enough.

I've seen articles about cycling, and a particular product called the Theracycle. But I hesitate to buy it because you can only do so many kinds of exercise and there are only so many hours in a week. And frankly, I'm struggling to get the energy back to do the swimming, running and weightlifting. I was doing before. I know exercise everyday is important and I feel like I'm falling down on the job. Energy seems to be one of my biggest problems. Any thoughts?

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Wed, 08-29-2012 - 9:05am

Wow!  I think you do more than I do!  That's awesome!  And keep it up!!!!!!  Best thing for PD and just using your mind, which it sounds like you do anyway with your job.  Unfortunately being tired is part of PD, but you might also want to check with your PD meds.  I know you were put on Mirapex, right?  Could be a culprit of feeling even more fatiqued.  Ask your doc!  I think I have mentioned before that I have taken the alternative route and take vitamins and herbs.  You might want to think of some extra vitamin B.  It's my lifesaver.


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Wed, 08-29-2012 - 3:45pm

Hello Kevin! It's great to see your post!

I have to agree with Chris... WOW! You really do stay active. Unfortunately I've never been very good at getting/staying with any set exercise program. I've tried several. Bought a "Nordic Trac" once years ago and used it faithfully for a few months and then it became a clothes rack. Finally sold it when my wife reminded me that I had a perfectly good closet and she was getting a little tired of vacuuming around it! :-)   I tried running once and ran faithfully every morning from early April into late October! Then one morning I was running in the early morning darkness and tripped over something which sent me head over heels. When I got my senses together I looked to see what I had tripped over and realized it was a dead cat...! That was the last time I ran in the morning darkness and I've never been able to get myself back into it. )  At one time in my life I had a job that allowed me the time to play racquet ball every day during my lunch hour. I worked with a fellow who's racquetball skills were compatible with mine and we just got into it! It was great fun and good exercise however it only lasted about a year before I changed jobs and wasn't able to play any more. Never did get back into that either! I don't mind long walks and when I had my Boxer, Maverick, we walked nearly every day - some days two or three times and usually at least a mile each time... Since losing him I don't have a lot of motivation to just go walking....  I know I should but I miss the company of my pup! :-(

I spent a lot of time on various farms owned by relatives when I was growing up in upstate New York. There were a lot of small dairy farms in that area and it seemed there was always something that needed to be done. Sitting around and "not being active" wasn't ever an option.

I seem to have held on to that all my life - there always seems to be something that I need to be doing. I've never really had a weight problem and other than my Parkinson's I'm fairly healthy so I guess it works for me in lieu of regimented exercise. That's my theory anyway and I'm sticking with it!

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Thu, 08-30-2012 - 2:35pm

I'm reminded of Emily (Gilda Radner/SNL) Litella's line "Never mind!"  :smileylol:

Seriously Kevin, I totally misunderstood the question and apologize for not reading more closely...!  I guess that's just "another" PD thingy! :smileywink:

I wasn't aware of the Theracycle -  I don't believe I've ever seen anything about it however I did find this NBC news report on the internet. It looks intriguing however it appears you need another rider to ultimately set the pace!  Im not sure the link will work but it should be good enough to do a 'copy/paste' in your browser to get it to go!

http://www.theracycle.com/conditions/parkinsons-disease-exercise-benefits.aspx

Another thing that seems to be fairly popular especially among the ladies here is "Pilates" - Lauren Sue can tell you all about them. She's very up on the subject and I'm sure Pilates isn't just for women! The queen when it comes to that

I wish I could offer you a little more in options however I'm just not good at getting into regimented exercise!  Good luck - I'm sure Chris and Lauren Sue will have a few ideas for you

Marty

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Fri, 08-31-2012 - 8:43am

Sorry I misread to Kevin....

Like Ruben said....first you have to find something you enjoy.  Any kind of exercise is good.  My best is walking.  Not just for the physical effects, but also what it does for me mentally.  Of course, sometimes I look a little silly talking to myself.  LOL!  Normally I so a good walk or some type of areobic/physical activity one day and the next I do some light weights.  It's what has worked best for me.  Altho I have been off the exercise wagon since taking care of my parents and I'm feeling it big time!  Lauren Sue is the queen of Pilates!  We all have our own way.  But you just have to find something you can enjoy.  The main thing, just keep your body busy.  Believe me, I know fatigue plays a big part in my not exercising.  But I have to learn to start pushing myself.  I have to find a time of the day where fatigue isn't an issue and that's when I exercise.  Never heard of the Theracycle.  Sounds interesting tho. 


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Re: Exercise
Fri, 09-07-2012 - 9:24am
Yes, I am a pilates addict. I started doing Pilates religiously back in 2004, just 3 years after being diagnosed with PD. Prior to then, I hardly ever exercised. I like to think that my commitment to exercise over the past decade has helped slow the progression of my disease or, if nothing else. it's helped my body be better prepared as my Parkinson's progressed. If you search "Exercise" on our iVillage Parkinson's Board you'll see many articles I've posted over the years expressing the importance of Exercise for People with Parkinson's and numerous studies to back up. Everything from Tai Chi to Dance to Cycling has been proven to be very beneficial for people with Parkinson's. I've been so busy the past few months that my exercise has taken a back seat and I can really feel it. At least everything I've been busy doing involves a lot of physical activity so my muscles are still getting a work out. Hopefully I'll be back on the work out wagon daily very soon!!
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