Exercise is one of the most powerful treatments for Parkinson’s disease (PD). Exercise has universal benefits, and there is evidence that exercise may hold specific benefits for people with PD:
Preventing or slowing progression: studies have linked exercise to reduced risk of Parkinson’s and slower progression. While it isn’t known exactly why, scientists believe exercise may help brain cells stay healthy.
Managing symptoms: some symptoms, such as balance and constipation, are particularly helped by exercise. Exercise improves strength, is linked to better brain health and helps lessen or manage other symptoms.
Avoiding isolation: Parkinson’s can be isolating. Many people make exercise a social activity. Staying active in your community lowers stress and helps ease symptoms.
Daily movement is one of the most valuable tools that we have, with or without PD. Exercise helps maintain healthy connections between the brain and physical body. Through our grassroots fundraising community, people with and without Parkinson’s can reap the benefits of exercise while also raising critical funds for Parkinson's research.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Virtual Tour de Fox on Saturday, August 26 allows you to join a global community, working to pedal toward a cure for Parkinson’s. You get to choose your distance and your method of cycling. Whether you head outdoors or hop onto a stationary bike, with this event, you get to exercise and raise money for a cure for PD. It’s an event you don’t want to miss.
To sign up for the cycling event of the summer, register here.
P.S. To learn more about this topic stay tuned for our upcoming exercise guide for more information and tips on exercise with PD.