Staying Active

This page will be updated with information on ways to help you stay active with Parkinson’s. It includes information on different exercise types, as well as the latest research on the best way to exercise to help you stay active.


Neuro Heroes
Neuro Heroes provide physiotherapist-led exercise classes, tailored to help people with a variety of neurological conditions. These classes are held virtually, so you can exercise at home with no specialist equipment needed. Click here to find out more.


Where do I begin?
If you’re looking for exercise ideas, this page contains plenty of information and links on how you can stay active. If you’re not sure about the best exercise for you, Parkinson’s UK have put together a great resource to help you decide how best to stay active, and what exercises you should focus on. This is available here.


How do I stay active at home?
Parkinson’s UK have released a webpage with information to help people stay active at home; Staying active at home. This includes a link to their YouTube channel, which amongst other great information, has a set of varied 30-minute exercise videos for people to try. An example exercise video is available adjacent.


Exercise Classes in the East Midlands
PEMRIG have created a document containing helpful websites for people with Parkinson’s on physical and mental health which can be downloaded adjacent. You can also search using your postcode for exercises classes near you via the Parkinson’s UK website, This can be accessed via the adjacent button.

Alternatively, phone the Parkinson’s UK Helpline number 0808 800 0303 to enquire about various activities in your area of the UK


Physiotherapist recommendations on exercise and Parkinson’s
Bhanu Ramaswamy is a specialist physiotherapist, she recommendations: 
* Sally Tawhai and the 2.6 Challenge she did for the Reach your Peak team and
* Vigorous exercise to music by Andy McNeill 
Both of these programmes can be completed seated or standing.

If 30 minutes is too much, try a 10-minute chunk with the Power for Parkinson’s ‘Take 10’ series of fitness videos. An example of this is shown in the YouTube video above.


The Benefits of Exercise
Physiotherapist Julie Jones spoke at a Parkinson’s UK research event in December 2020. Check out her talk on the importance of exercise in the YouTube video adjacent.

Paper-based exercises
Finally, if you prefer paper-based exercise, the NHS website has produced a variety of gym-free exercises at: Live-well gym free workouts


Resources for different types of exercise
It is well established that exercise is of importance to the welfare of People with Parkinson’s. Exercise is healthy and helps in maintaining balance, mobility and daily living activities. Exercise also has a potential neuroprotective effect. Here are some general websites to activities such as Tai Chi, Nordic Walking, exercise and dance as well as details of two helpful books. Click the buttons to the right for access to more information about the different exercise types.


Nordic Walking
The international body, INWA, has links to all the known research around Nordic Walking and Parkinson’s here: Nordic Walking and Parkinson’s. All this research has been carried out using the technique of Nordic Walking taught by INWA-qualified instructors, adapted as necessary for the condition.


Exercise with mild symptoms
Do you have mild Parkinson’s symptoms? If so, Parkinson’s UK also provide excellent information on the best way to stay active and exercise with mild symptoms. Checkout their guide in the ‘Mild Symptoms’ button


Is exercise neuroprotective?
Find out more about the neuroprotective benefits of exercise by clicking the ‘Neuroprotective Benefits’ button.


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