Exercise Classes

Designed to keep you moving!

Exercise Is Medicine

Studies indicate that exercise plays an important role in the prevention or rate of progression of many diseases, including Parkinson’s. In fact, a recent national study found that people who started exercising rigorously (2.5 hours a week or more) early in the disease process experienced a slower decline in quality of life compared to those who delayed starting a program. Exercise is also a way to help cope with symptoms by enhancing flexibility, coordination, balance and promoting wellness in general.

No matter your current activity or fitness level, just getting started is the most important first step. You and your doctor might agree to start with a chair based or balance program. If you are already active, a more rigorous class might provide the challenge you need. The most important thing is to find an exercise you enjoy and keep with it.

A comprehensive approach would be to find a program (or participate in a variety!) that supports your goals to increase flexibility, endurance, and strength in order to attain better balance and mobility.

Hiking Ι Yoga Ι Non-contact boxing Ι Tai-Chi Ι Agility training Ι Dance Ι Table tennis

Find an Exercise Class

What's your motivation to keep moving?

As evidence mounts about the benefits of exercise, so have the number of options for individuals to find high-quality exercise programs to meet specific needs. From chair-based programs to high intensity boot camps, search by your region to find options most convenient for you.

Before starting any new exercise program, we suggest that you:

  • Check with your physician to discuss limitations or concerns.
  • Ask the instructor about his/her training and experience.
  • Ask if you can join a class before you commit to enroll.
  • Be open to trying something new - and change it up when it gets routine!

What They Say

We all want PRO to know how much we appreciate all that you do. We especially appreciate your help to get exercise classes on the east side.

Eugenia and friends

"Patients should exercise at least 2.5 hours each week to slow decline and maintain a better quality of life."

The Parkinson's Outcome Project

"Class isn't just about the movement for me. There are days where I lack motivation and could easily withdraw. Knowing there are people who expect to see me, will miss me, and who will hold me accountable is as powerful as the exercises we do together."

Raymond

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Susan O’Neill

Expanding Opportunities

Grant funding for new programs and classes

Recognizing the power of group fitness classes to help a range of symptoms and also provide potential to reduce isolation and extend community, Parkinson’s Resources created the Fitness Instructor Grant Program. Since 2017, this fund has been used to help with the expenses associated with starting nine new classes for individuals facing movement disorders such as Parkinson’s. 

Qualified instructors may submit proposals for a grant of up to $1,500 to help launch exercise programs in under served communities. Submission deadlines are November 30th and May 30th annually. Contact us with questions or download an application HERE.

Expanding Opportunities

Grant funding for new programs and classes

Recognizing the power of group fitness classes to help a range of symptoms and also provide potential to reduce isolation and extend community, Parkinson’s Resources created the Fitness Instructor Grant Program. Since 2017, this fund has been used to help with the expenses associated with starting nine new classes for individuals facing movement disorders such as Parkinson’s. 

Qualified instructors may submit proposals for a grant of up to $1,500 to help launch exercise programs in under served communities. Submission deadlines are November 30th and May 30th annually. Contact us with questions or download an application HERE.