Tips for Daily Living: Preparing for Spring with Parkinson’s Disease
As winter melts into spring, you may be realizing that your exercise routine suffered through the cold season. You probably already know that exercise is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and daily living activities for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). A Parkinson’s Outcomes Project study found that 2.5 hours of weekly exercise can improve your quality of life and help manage your Parkinson’s symptoms.
Now is a great time to kick back into gear, but make sure you do so safely. Below are some tips for easing into a new exercise routine:
Talk to Your Doctor
- Your physician knows your condition and can refer you to a physical therapist who can give you specific exercises based on your health and symptoms.
- Did you know that people with Parkinson’s are at a higher risk for osteoporosis (a medical condition that makes bones weak and brittle)? Research has found that people with PD have lower bone mineral density (BMD) than their peers. Vitamin D shortage increases your risk. Ask your doctor about a BMD test before you begin a new workout plan and get outside.