An Important Message about Exercise from PASD’s Medical Advisory Director
Dear Parkinson’s Community:
As movement disorders clinicians we repeatedly emphasize the concept of “exercise as medicine” in the context of Parkinson’s disease. Indeed, considering all the clinical research evaluating medicines and other treatments over the years, the only intervention that has been shown to slow the clinical worsening of PD over time is regular exercise. In addition, countless persons with Parkinson’s disease will tell you that their symptoms, both motor and non-motor, are better relieved when they stick to their exercise regimen. The short term and long term benefits of exercise are well-established in the scientific literature.
We recommend a routine of aerobic exercise for 45-60 minutes, at least 3-4 times per week. It does seem that activities that raise one’s heart and breathing rate are more powerful in this respect than solely walking at a leisurely pace, so if your health permits we recommend you explore these activities. At this point no specific exercise modality (boxing class, dance, Tai Chi, weight training, jogging, swimming, bicycling, high-intensity interval training, etc) has been proven to be superior to others – so we recommend that you choose activities that you enjoy and are thus likely to keep doing every week.
Below we have compiled a list (by no means comprehensive) of resources for PD-focused exercise classes in the community. Many offer both in-person and online options.
Brenton Wright, MD
Medical Advisory Director, PASD
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego
CEREBRAL MOTION: Using exercise to retrain the body, improve quality of life, slow progression, and regain independence.
Mickey brings with him clinical and research experience from his time spent with the UCSD Movement Disorder Center, specializing in cognition. Mickey graduated from SDSU with a Master of Science in Kinesiology, where his area of study has focused on the gait and balance of individuals with Parkinson Disease.
Mickey incorporates mindfulness and cognitive engagement in addition to being certified in Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!), Rock Steady Boxing, and Brian Grant Foundation Exercise for Parkinson Training.
Mickey offers one-on-one wellness sessions and group classes located in Rancho Bernardo. As well as in-home concierge services throughout San Diego county.
To transform the quality of life and increase the independence of seniors, people of all ages with disabilities, and their families, through extended Physical Therapy and specialized Fitness and Wellness programs, while providing financial assistance to individuals with low income.
Coach Me Strong
A one-on-one exercise coaching program for people with Parkinson’s, other neurological challenges, or who are just getting a little older.
Be stronger. Feel Better. Have an accountability partner.
Dance for PD
Dance for PD® offers internationally-acclaimed dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease. Our free interactive Zoom classes, innovative At Home instructional videos, and extensive digital class library allow anyone to experience Dance for PD® at any time, in the comfort of home.
Davis Phinney Foundation
Developed by the Davis Phinney Foundation, the Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials video provides a range of workouts designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s and is easily modified for any fitness level. Follow these activities at home, in a fitness center, or out in the community.
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The Davis Phinney Foundation Exercise Essentials Video Program.
In-Home Boxing for Parkinson’s
1 on 1 in-home sessions are offered for those living with Parkinson’s Disease by Rock Steady Boxing certified trainer, Vinny Campanaro. Sessions focus on building strength, flexibility, coordination and most importantly, balance. An assessment will be needed before conducting any in-home training to gauge where you are at with your PD. Read some “Reviews” to see what other PD fighters had to say about CBC training!
Neuro Fit for Parkinson’s – Encinitas
Improve your fitness through balance and strength:
Improve your physical and mental health with this empowering class designed specifically for those with Parkinson’s disease. This class uses a variety of fitness tools to improve balance, strength, coordination, and functional fitness utilizing various exercise programming techniques.
Neurologic Physical Therapy and Wellness
Unrestricted Access To The Rehabilitation You Have Been Looking For
Reneu Health is a team of experienced clinical kinesiologists who provide one-on-one exercise programs for the prevention and treatment of aging issues and movement disorders. Our focus is on quality of life and improving functional movement.
Rock Steady Bonita English y español
Rock Steady Boxing es un programa que habilita a las personas con Parkinson a vencer la enfermedad de Parkinson con programas de boxeo constante balanceado sin contacto diseñado para mejorar la calidad de vida y autoestima. Estudios sugieren que ejercicios intensos actúan como protector de neura y puede retrasar la progresión de los síntomas. Boxeo funciona cuando mueves tu cuerpo en todas direcciones y cambias la rutina tu progresas a través de el entrenamiento. Estas clases han probado que cualquier nivel de Parkinson puede minimizar los síntomas del Parkinson y dirigir a una vida más feliz y saludable.
We are learning every day that there are ways in which people with Parkinson’s disease can enhance their daily quality of life and even build impressive power, strength, flexibility and speed! By exercising with coaches who know the ropes, you can fight your way out of the corner and start to feel and function better. Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier/happier life.
Rock Steady Boxing – Downtown
People with Parkinson’s disease can enhance their daily quality of life and even build impressive power, strength, flexibility and speed!
By exercising with Coaches who know the ropes, you can fight your way out of the corner and start to feel and function better.
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Rock Steady Boxing – Encinitas/Solana Beach
Our mission is to deliver the most exciting, innovative, cutting edge, exercise, nutrition, and support programs for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners.
Rock Steady Boxing classes in Encinitas and Solana Beach.
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Rock Steady Boxing – Escondido
Our Goal is to Enhance your Quality of Life
Reclaim your Confidence by Developing your Strength & Empower yourself with the Ability to Fight Back against Parkinson’s Disease.
Scripps Shiley Center
Powerful classes with the team at Shiley. Call 858-554-3488 for details, then join at Zoom
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SmartXPD with Patrick LoSasso
Life Improving Parkinson’s Exercise Programs.
Streaming Workouts On-Demand
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Online Exercise Classes with SmartXPD with Patrick LoSasso.