For those living with Parkinson’s disease, one of the most beneficial practices can also be one of the most difficult–staying active.
Although every walk with Parkinson’s is unique, research has shown that those with the disease, no matter their symptoms, have seen an increase in quality of life through participating in movement classes and living an active lifestyle. For many, however, taking the first step towards an active lifestyle may seem intimidating. That’s where GAPS is here for support.
We are thrilled to offer ample opportunities to not only get moving, but also get connected with other members of the Parkinson’s community. Our weekly exercise classes such as GAPS in Motion! were designed by people with Parkinson’s for people with Parkinson’s. Additionally, we can help you connect with physical therapists in your area to begin sessions at your own pace based on your own unique needs.
Participating in exercise programs or physical therapy can not only help patients maintain mobility, but help improve balance and coordination, reduce the risk of falls, and increase your overall mental and physical health. We work closely with partners such as Rock Steady Boxing and the YMCA Pedaling with Parkinson's Classes to give members a chance to connect and get moving.
Another significant benefit of participating in exercise classes is the opportunity to connect and strengthen their community with others who are going through similar experiences. Patients can share tips and strategies for managing symptoms, talk about their experiences with medications and other treatments, and offer emotional support to one another. This can be incredibly empowering and can help patients feel more in control of their disease.
Based on The Parkinson’s Outcomes Project, 2.5 hours of weekly exercise along with medication can significantly improve quality of life for people living with Parkinson's. It is important to remember to start small, make sure you are warming up and cooling down properly, and not pushing your limits. Our GAPS exercise programs can help with PD-safe exercises or help you set up your own program.
If you aren’t quite comfortable attending exercise classes in person, don’t worry. Although we would love to see you face to face, we understand that sometimes it is easier to join virtually. GAPS provides Zoom links for programs such as GAPS in Motion! to ensure that everyone who wants to participate has the opportunity.
We encourage you to take full advantage of the many programs that GAPS offers. If you are interested in learning more about GAPS in Motion! or any of our other programs, email us at email@example.com today!