Exercise

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21 Jun: [Webinar Recording] The Latest and Greatest on Boxing and Parkinson’s

If you’ve been living with Parkinson’s for a while, chances are good that you’ve either heard about how beneficial boxing is for people with Parkinson’s, or you’ve attended many boxing classes yourself. But how familiar are you with the latest and greatest research about boxing and Parkinson’s? In this webinar, our panel members shared specifics about the research they’ve conducted and described the effects of Parkinson’s severity and duration of boxing training on changes in balance, mobility, and quality of life for people living with mild or moderate to severe Parkinson’s.
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13 Jun: Every Victory Counts® Preview: Your Aerobic Exercise Prescription

In July 2020, my colleague Dr. Anson Rosenfeldt and I published a paper about how exercise should be a universal prescription for people living with Parkinson's. We have seen how, in the past two decades, aerobic exercise has become a mainstream recommendation for managing multiple symptoms of Parkinson's. We have seen that data from animal studies and select human trials indicate that aerobic exercise may facilitate structural and functional changes in the brain, and recently, several large human clinical trials have been completed and collectively support the use of aerobic exercise, specifically high-intensity aerobic exercise, in improving Parkinson's motor symptoms. And we have seen that despite these findings, exercise recommendations continue to lack specificity in terms of frequency, intensity, and duration. Our goal was to determine how much exercise and intensity were the ideal prescription for people with Parkinson's.
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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.  
Davis Phinney

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.