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The Parkinson’s Outcomes Project shows that people with PD who start exercising earlier and a minimum of 2.5 hours a week, experience a slowed decline in quality of life compared to those who start later. Establishing early exercise habits is essential to overall disease management.

Exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone. Exercise is more than healthy — it is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and activities of daily living. Exercise and physical activity can improve many PD symptoms. These benefits are supported by research. ​Here are some helpful resources for People with Parkinson's to get moving!

Why is exercising good for Parkinson's Disease?

The Parkinson's Foundation has created this infographic, offering useful tips and a recommended exercise regimen for People with Parkinson's.

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 There has been significant research conducted on the positive impact of aerobic exercise on Parkinson's Disease progression. The article linked below 'Aerobic Exercise: Evidence for a direct brain effect to slow Parkinson’s Disease Progression', provides a compelling argument for regular aerobic-type exercise and cardiovascular fitness attenuating PD progression.

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Parkinson's UK has created a collection of at-home exercises, with video tutorials - including everything from low-intensity balance exercises to high-intensity aerobics. 

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The PMD Alliance notes the 5 best exercises for People with Parkinson's and their respective benefits. Exercise can and should be enjoyable, so pick what works for you!

Below is an excellent example of how getting moving can help you THRIVE with Parkinson's. The first ever walking football tournament, which was attended by over 100 People with Parkinson's:

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