home carers-exercising parkinsons

One of the hardest things to come to terms with for people living with Parkinson’s is the effect it has on their physical movement. This is why the work home carers do to encourage patients to take part in more physical activity despite their diagnosis is so important.

Parkinson’s disease slows down movement and causes tremors and muscle stiffness, balance difficulties, nerve pains, dizziness, and insomnia. 

Therefore, many people living with the condition feel they have to stop being physically active, as they are unable to do what they used to.

However, there are many benefits to remaining active, including improving joint flexibility and mobility, promoting sleep, reducing anxiety, and boosting heart health. 

It also improves muscle strength, so patients can reduce or delay their symptoms, and it can improve their balance and coordination. 

Doing exercise, no matter how little, can also improve your mood, helping to lift your spirits and ward off signs of depression. 

According to Dr Jonny Acheson, who is the director of engagement and communication at Parkinson’s Excellence Network: “Apathy and fatigue are the nemesis of people with Parkinson’s.”

He added: “Regular physical activity will help your mood, your energy levels and your motivation.”

Exercise routines will look different for everyone, but should include 30 minutes of aerobic activity five times a week, half an hour of coordination and balance workouts twice a week, strength training two to three times a week, and stretching for ten minutes every day. 

Aerobic activity will increase heart rate and tone muscle, while balance training can help people with Parkinson’s maintain their coordination control for longer. Strength workouts will help them perform their daily tasks for longer, and flexibility will reduce muscle rigidity, which will help with movement. 


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