11 Apr: 2018 Davis Phinney Foundation-funded research study PUSHES THE PEDALS ON LIVING WELL WITH PARKINSON’S TODAY

At the Davis Phinney Foundation, we’re big fans of cycling. And for good reason: research studies have shown that many people with Parkinson’s have experienced significant benefits — improved motor function, aerobic capacity, mood, cognitive function, social connections, and more — from pushing pedals on a regular basis. As believers in the impacts of cycling, the Davis Phinney Foundation funded some of those earliest research studies, a few of which went on to receive multi-million-dollar funding from the National Institutes of Health. And, just as importantly, they helped countless people with Parkinson’s live well, right away. One of these studies began in 2018, when Dr. Anson Rosenfelt and Dr. Jay Alberts led a project to determine if Pedaling For Parkinson’s™ (PFP), an existing, low-cost program typically hosted by public recreation agencies and YMCAs, can slow Parkinson’s progression. In addition, the project sought to identify which individuals respond the most to this type of exercise.
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01 Mar: 5 Simple Exercises to Train Your Balance & Live Well with Parkinson’s

Because Parkinson’s can impact the reflexes needed to maintain an upright posture, people with Parkinson’s may feel unstable while standing upright. This postural instability — better known as poor balance and coordination — can make certain physical activities difficult, and it also increases the risk of falling. The good news is that although postural instability is a common Parkinson’s symptom, it can be managed and mitigated with practice. By training your balance frequently, you can improve your postural stability and even regain some of your automatic balance reflexes.  
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03 Dec: Ask the Parkinson’s Expert – Cognitive and Emotional Benefits of Exercise with Davis Phinney

In this video, Davis Phinney explains how exercise, from yoga to high-intensity cycling, helps boost his mood, activates neuro growth factors, and more. He also shares why it's important to find exercises that are sustainable for you, how household chores can be part of your Parkinson's therapy routine, and how to make exercise a habit.