Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials Videos

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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.

Watch the trailer below or click here to access all five parts of the video series.

About Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials

An active lifestyle with regular exercise can have significant benefits for people living with Parkinson’s. This comprehensive exercise video provides instruction and direction for the best exercises for people with Parkinson’s.

In this video, Matthew P. Ford, PT, PhD provides the guidance to help you get started and shares a range of exercise approaches drawn from research and his deep experience working with members of the Parkinson’s community.

Thirteen men and women of different ages, living with various stages of Parkinson’s disease, demonstrate a range of exercise routines and share their inspiring personal stories with encouragement and first-hand insight into getting started and sticking with it.

More than an “exercise along” video, this program goes one step further and provides a road map that will teach you how to safely progress exercise activities over a period of years in order to help you stay motivated and derive the greatest benefit from your workouts.

The Davis Phinney Foundation’s mission is to help people living with Parkinson’s disease to live well today. This video reflects our dedication to providing information, inspiration and tools to help you be at your best and to make every victory count.

Get Started

This guide is a companion to the five videos in the series. We encourage you to watch the videos at least one time through before you begin exercising. This way you can take inventory of what you need, the kind of set up you’d like to create and the workouts you’d like to begin first. This will also allow you to become familiar with the names of the exercises, how to do each one and how you might scale or modify them to meet your needs.

Once you are familiar with the material, you can take this document with you and workout on the go, at the gym or when you travel without having to watch the videos each time. Just print out the page that has your workout of choice and get moving.

Click here to download: Exercise Essentials Companion Guide

Usage Disclaimer

Exercise, in all of its forms and with or without the use of equipment, is a strenuous physical activity. Accordingly, we urge and advise you to seek the advice of your physician before beginning any exercise regimen, routine, program or using any of the equipment shown in this video. Request a referral to a physical therapist or qualified personal trainer in your area, and learn about what type of exercise is right for you. If you have a cardiac condition, problems with balance, or any other health conditions that could impact or impair your ability to exercise, consult with your physician about how to be safe while exercising. The Davis Phinney Foundation is not a medical organization, and neither its staff nor its affiliates can provide medical advice or a diagnosis. All demonstrated exercises, suggestions and comments contained in this video and relating to activities, equipment, and instruction are presented for your informed consideration and should not be interpreted as medical advice or directive. We advise you to discuss this video with your physician and tailor your approach to your own needs.

Always take common sense safety precautions. If you exercise in the community, carry identification and medical information that indicates you have Parkinson’s disease and any other medical conditions. Wear a helmet while cycling. Understand your personal limitations and recognize the signs of over-exertion. Monitor your heart rate, and rest when needed. If you have problems with balance and are at risk for falling, consider exercising with a companion or in a group.

By using the video you represent that you understand that exercise involves strenuous physical movement, and that such activity carries the risk of injury, whether physical or mental. It is your responsibility to judge your physical and mental capabilities for such activities. In viewing this video, you expressly waive and release any claim that you may have at any time for injury of any kind against the Davis Phinney Foundation, or any person or entity involved with this video, including without limitation its directors, principals, instructors, independent contractors, volunteers, employees, agents, contractors, affiliates and representatives.

Legal Disclaimer

This video may contain opinions, advice, information, data, links to third party website addresses, and other materials belonging to third parties. Any and all such uses are for illustrative purposes only and do not necessarily indicate an endorsement of the opinions, advice, information, data, products or services provided by those third parties. The Davis Phinney Foundation does not claim any proprietary right in, or to, any such items as may qualify as copyrights, trademarks or other proprietary marks of third parties. Subject to the foregoing, this Manual, including, without limitation, any data, text, information, graphics, images, and other materials and the selection and arrangement thereof, are copyrighted materials of the Davis Phinney Foundation ©2013, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Any unauthorized use of the video may violate copyright or trademark laws.

Neither the Davis Phinney Foundation, nor any contributor to the video, is responsible for the content of the opinions, advice, information, data, or third party websites contained in the video provided by other parties, or the manner in which any of the foregoing may be used by any party.

The Davis Phinney Foundation and each contributor to the video disclaim any responsibility to any party for any direct, indirect, incidental, reliance, consequential or punitive damages or any other loss or damages, including without limitation bodily harm, lost profits, expenses or revenue; regardless of whether the Davis Phinney Foundation or any such contributor knew, or ought to have known, of the possibility of any loss or damage arising from the application or use of any opinions, advice, information or data, or visit to a third party’s website, referenced in the video.

Use of this video is at your own and sole risk. This video is provided “as is” and any and all express or implied conditions, warranties or representations, including without limitation any implied warranty or condition of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, noninfringement or any warranty or representation in respect of the accuracy or usefulness of information, or any observations that may be derived from such information are disclaimed.

Always take common sense safety precautions. If you exercise in the community, carry identification and medical information that indicates you have Parkinson’s disease and any other medical conditions. Wear a helmet while cycling. Understand your personal limitations and recognize the signs of over-exertion. Monitor your heart rate, and rest when needed. If you have problems with balance and are at risk for falling, consider exercising with a companion or in a group.

By using the video you represent that you understand that exercise involves strenuous physical movement, and that such activity carries the risk of injury, whether physical or mental. It is your responsibility to judge your physical and mental capabilities for such activities. In viewing this video, you expressly waive and release any claim that you may have at any time for injury of any kind against the Davis Phinney Foundation, or any person or entity involved with this video, including without limitation its directors, principals, instructors, independent contractors, volunteers, employees, agents, contractors, affiliates and representatives.

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