You signed up with a local gym, bought a stationary bike or new running shoes, but haven't exercised in weeks. Sound familiar? Exercising regularly can be challenging for anyone, but for people with Parkinson's, symptoms like†apathy,†fatigue†and†depression†can make exercise the last way you want to spend your time.†
Besides choosing an exercise you enjoy, connecting with the right motivation can turn exercise into a habit. How exercise affects symptoms tops our community's list of best motivators, but many find other benefits inspire them, too.
1. Write down how you feel after you exercise. Exercise can ease symptoms†like tremor, stiffness, mood and more.†If your flexibility has improved or your anxiety has lessened, for example, make a note in your calendar or phone. Look back at your notes for inspiration.
2. Join a group fitness class or exercise with friends. Knowing you'll spot a friendly face can make exercise class more enjoyable. Find an exercise buddy, and commit to working out together.
3. Add variety to your routine. Keep your workouts fresh by trying new routines, like yoga, tai chi or high intensity interval training (after talking with your doctor, of course!)
4.†Fundraise for†Team Fox. With Team Fox, the Foundation's grassroots fundraising program, your fitness can support Parkinson's research. Join a marathon, 10K, 5K or walk in your area for some extra motivation. You can also support Parkinson's with Charity Miles, an app†that donates funds to charities based on the number of miles you run, walk or bike thanks to the support of corporate sponsors.
5.†Enjoy the energy boost after your workout. Many people with Parkinson's experience fatigue. Though it may sound counterintuitive, exercise can boost energy levels even if you're feeling tired.
6. Listen to your favorite music and enjoy the alone time. While some enjoy exercising with friends, others appreciate the time alone with their headphones that exercise can offer.