EXERCISE- Medically Proven to Slow Down Parkinson's Progression · Parkinson's Resource Organization

EXERCISE- Medically Proven to Slow Down Parkinson's Progression

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As we all know, there are several medications that can temporarily relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but exercise is the only treatment that has actually been medically proven to slow the progression of Parkinson’s. So, why boxing?

Several medical studies on exercise and Parkinson’s have concluded that forced intense exercise can slow the progression of Parkinson’s. In other words, when exercise is done at a volunteer rate, there is less benefit than when exercise is done that pushes or forces someone out of their comfort zone. If forced, intense exercise is the proven form of exercise for people with Parkinson’s, then boxing is a good fit! Boxers train to improve balance, hand-eye coordination, speed of movement, agility, muscle power and mental focus. All of these things happen to be issues for people with Parkinson’s. So instead of focusing on the specific symptoms of Parkinson’s, people can learn a new skill that is fun and a good stress reliever while addressing many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Plus, it’s more fun to tell your friends, children and grandchildren that you’re going to boxing class rather than physical therapy!!

Rock Steady Boxing (RSB)- Desert Cities in Palm Desert, California understands that there are many different levels of Parkinson’s and many levels of fitness. RSB coaches are trained to modify exercises so that anyone can benefit. There is a FIGHT in all of us. Rock Steady Boxing can be done at any level of Parkinson’s disease through the tough love of the coaches and their understanding of the disease. RSB is a hybrid of many different training regimens that are good for Parkinson’s. With boxing at the foundation, we bring different elements to the mix during the workouts, which keeps the curriculum fresh and challenging. An assessment is done on each participant before they join the program so the coach can learn about the client and place them in the proper level class for their needs. We encourage you to visit a class before you join to see if Rick Steady Boxing is for you. Rock Steady Boxing – Desert Cities has been a member of the Wellness Village since August of 2016 and you can reach head coach, Gloria Landau to set an appointment and discuss your individual needs here.

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Updated: August 16, 2017