Many people with Parkinsonís report that exercise helps them manage their disease. In this ongoing series, individuals talk about their routines ó and how staying active is improving their physical and emotional outlook.
LAKE FOREST, ILLINOIS
Whatís Your Exercise Regimen? I aim for four to five rigorous workouts each week at the gym, and work with a personal trainer to build my balance and strength. I also coach an adult swim team and am in the water with them twice a week.
How Does Exercise Help You? Exercise improves my attitude ó important since Parkinsonís can go hand-in-hand with depression. I have more energy, and it takes longer for my symptoms to kick in. When Iím in the water, I donít have any symptoms at all.
Are You New to Exercise? I grew up as a swimmer and swam in college. But Iím more dedicated now and am taking better care of myself.
What Else Helps? I love helping others, so I joined Team Fox. Iíve hosted several swim-a-thons and cycled twice in the New England Parkinsonís Ride. Team Fox made me realize that I wasnít alone in my disease, and once people understood what I was going through, they wanted to help, too.
Any Words of Wisdom? Parkinsonís is different for everyone. Keep up the search for your right combination ó in terms of medicine, doctors, exercise, support groups. Once you find it, go for it.