The big question is, what is the most effective type of exercise to help a Parkinson’s sufferer slow down the advance of the condition?
As of late boxing has shown to have a positive impact on Parkinson’s symptoms. This full-body workout, recently highlighted in The Washington Post, tests balance, agility and hand-eye coordination, all of which can be affected by Parkinson’s. It also can build muscle strength, potentially help speech (some say grunting or yelling while punching aids with vocal projection) and even offer an outlet for frustration toward symptoms or disease.
Like many types of exercise, boxing can ease a range of PD symptoms. Research suggests, however, that it might be doing even more. A 2011 study in the journal Physical Therapy showed improvements in walking, balance, performance of daily activities and quality of life in six people who boxed regularly. Investigators are working to learn more about how exercise benefits people with Parkinson’s and which symptoms respond to which types and levels of activity.
Adrian Unger started KOPD Boxing Program after his diagnosis and said “It’s a way to fight back against Parkinson’s disease. It is not a cure. Many people participating in the sessions on a regular basis have been able to keep their Parkinson’s symptoms at bay, particularly if they have only been diagnosed relatively recently. Some people have been able to reclaim some of their previous quality of life. This is not only wonderful for them, but it also alleviates some of the pressure on loved ones who care for them.”
In Melbourne, the team at Ready Steady Boxing are learning every day that there are ways in which people with Parkinson’s disease can enhance their daily quality of life and even build impressive power, strength, flexibility and speed! By exercising with coaches who know the ropes, you can fight your way out of the corner and start to feel and function better. Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier/happier life.
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