Exercise

Exercise benefits the physical and psychological well-being of individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Because Parkinson’s disease affects a person’s ability to move, exercise helps to keep muscles strong and can improve flexibility and mobility.

Research shows that exercise is neuroprotective and is the only thing that slows disease progression. The reported benefits of exercise include improved gait and balance, range of motion, motor coordination, and endurance. Specific types of exercise can strengthen the muscles that aid in swallowing and speaking. Exercise can reduce falls, freezing of gait, and depression and anxiety, and exercise can help attention and concentration, working memory, and quality of sleep. HAPS exercise classes provide an environment for individuals to participate in safe, appropriate exercises with added benefits of building social connections with others.

Classes are offered virtually and in-person. To find an exercise group near you, contact Angelica Rodriguez at 713.313.1652.