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EXERCISE

August 30, 2012

Exercise is also known as physical activity and includes any movement which makes your body work at a higher intensity than normal daily routines and activities demand. Physical activities can be planned, structured and repetitive for the purpose of exerting muscles, joints and ligaments, conditioning specific parts of the body, or improvingcardiovascular levels in order to maintain or improve general fitness. The range to choose from is wide, from gentle walking or gardening to strenuous running and endurance sports.  Exercise can be taken either on your own or in a group or team. 

Exercise and Parkinson’s

Exercise is particularly important when living with Parkinson’s because as the condition progresses people tend to move less and muscles and joints can become stiff and weak as a result.  Today there is emerging evidence (see Research) that exercise may have a neuroprotective effect, meaning that it can slow disease progression.  It might also help in reducing or delaying symptoms like rigidity and preventing secondary complications such as contractures of muscles and joints.  This can make everyday activities, including turning in bed, getting up from chairs or dressing, easier.

There are also psychological benefits to doing exercise because it can give people a sense of control over Parkinson’s.  Exercising won’t take Parkinson’s away but it can make people feel better about living with it and, together with a good medication regime, can enhance quality of life and help maintain independence. Remember, it is never too late to start an exercise programme.

Benefits of regular exercise include:

  • increased muscle strength
  • improved balance
  • greater energy and reduced fatigue
  • improving the connection between mind and body when moving
  • a decrease in speech and swallowing problems
  • improved mood/decreased depression
  • fewer muscle and joint injuries
  • an increased feeling of control
  • a sense of accomplishment
  • enjoyable social contact
  • preventing/reducing gait problems
  • preventing/reducing sleep difficulties
  • preventing/reducing bone wasting (osteoporosis).

Testimonials

“After two years of not being able to hear speakers in person , I was thrilled to have John Bauman as a speaker at our “ Living Well With Parkinson’s’ Gala!. Not only was John engaging and inspiring to get to know off stage , on stage he truly drove home the theme of empowerment to our audience and left our growing community of attendees with several “ aha “ moments and desire to hear more. He spoke from personal experience as a Parkinson’s patient ,inspiring the audiences motivation to truly wish to make a difference and uniting us all in our humanity. Attendees after listening to John , felt inspired to make a difference in the world and do their part to create change for those living with Parkinson’s. My only regret was not being able to spend more time with John and I look forward to having him speak again to our audience.”

Naomi Wong WPP Program Manager

John’s message of hope, inspiration and laughter was ideal for anyone living with PD. He was extremely flexible and a delight to work with.

Leisha Phipps, MSW Program Director - Dallas Area Parkinson Society

We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.

MARY SPREMULLI VOICE AEROBICS

Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING REHABILITATION HOSPITAL

I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER REHABILITATION HOSPITAL