Step 3 – Exercise

Exercise

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A lack of dopamine in the body is the fundamental problem for PWP’s. Studies have shown that while exercising may not increase your dopamine levels, it can make your brain use the dopamine you have more efficiently*. Regular exercise can help to improve some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s such as slowness of movement, rigidity and balance. It can be a vital tool in potentially slowing down the progression of this condition.

Physical benefits of regular exercise for PWP’s can include: improved balance and posture, increased muscle strength and flexibility.No matter what type of exercise you do, it is important to stay active. Find a way to incorporate physical activity that works for you.

In addition to the physical benefits of regular exercise, it can also have a positive impact on your overall well-being. It can help you in sleeping better and improve how you feel about yourself through a sense of participation and achievement.

If you would like to start exercising, please speak to your neurologist or a chartered physiotherapist first. For more information on the benefits of exercise and Parkinson’s, please click here

*PET Studies and The Journal of Neuroscience

If you choose to make any changes to your lifestyle based on our Five Elements, please seek the advice of your neurologist or a professional in their chosen field first. There is no substitute for professional advice.