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#1 johnnys

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:31 PM

Hi,
recently I asked my PT if weight traing would be good for PD. he said go ahead but don't overdo.Ive been at it for a month now and it seems to have helped along with PT
I found a couple of articles supporting this by googling weight training and PDThe articles state weight traing is better than all other exercises and it stays with you longer..I wasnt able to post them here but they were written last year.I do half hour on my nordic trac and a half hour on weights.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:23 AM

I believe any kind of exercise is good for PD. Lifting weights makes me feel great right up to the point of stopping and sitting down. It doesn't matter what I do for exercise, as soon as I stop and take a break, I am stiff and sore as heck! The more I exercise the more difficult it is to get going again. I have learned to keep going as long as I can when doing things.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:20 PM

I did come accross this which might be helpful.
http://home.earthlin...l/interval.html

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:44 AM

It is not uncommon for many PD patients to have osteopenia. It would seem that the weight lifiting would help strengthen bones too. Guidance from your PT would be helpful so you don't cause an injury.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:25 PM

Sounds like you are enjoying it! Keep it up as long as you can. I have been weight training and running for @ 25 years. I was DX'd about a year ago. I still do weight training 4 times per week, yoga 3-4 times per week and some type of cardio (usually jogging)3 times. I always feel better after working out. I am not sure of your level of fitness or PD's progression but my MDS advised me to continue to do the most vigorous exercise I can do. I use to do powerlifting but now that only leaves me feeling sore and worn down. I have several different workouts I do but most involve lots of reps, lighter weight and circuit training. I do always feel better after a workout sometimes it lasts for several hours some days it only lasts and hour or two. I have found the thing that helps with most with my PD symptoms is Yoga. My MDS was so happy when I told her I started yoga. I do what is called flow yoga and you are moving the whole time. I generally DVR it from tv I think it's called Yoga for Life" on dishnetworks Veria channel. The instructors name is Kurt Johnsen. I have felt it well worth my time to do it and wish i would have started it 20 years ago. I also do some P90x yoga but that is a little more advanced. My MDS also is a strong believer that exercise is the best thing for slowing progression of PD but did advise me to not over do it. Hope you enjoy your workouts.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:32 PM

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:05 AM

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:51 AM

Sorry, that format didn't post well. It still will be a great opportunity for PD specific exercise

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#9 johnnys

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:25 PM

Ive been doing the weights and the nordic trac for about three months now and feel better.I do have off times but they dont last long.Ive regained alot of strength and now can even work out at higher pulse rates.I sort of raise my heart rate to around 140 and then let it drop to about 125 for the rest of the exercise.I do this every five minutes or so.Losing those extra pounds gives you alot of encouragement.Hope i can keep this up.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:00 AM

Good for you!! You are an inspiration to the rest of us.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

I purchased a Nordic Track Treadmill last week. For the cost of the stupid thing it should be able to have a Jack'n Coke waiting for me when I am done! :mrgreen:
So far it has been an experience.... A mile is a lot farther than I thought LOL! I have a hard time with balance while walking on it. If I don't keep my head facing the machine I get really dizzy and have to get off of it. I have lost 20 lbs..........
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:48 PM

williamg, that is great. Sorry to hear things are so tuff for you on it. I know I say this a lot but exercise is crucial. My MDS told me the last time she saw me that I would probably have to take disability from my job if I were not in such good shape at the time of my DX. Do what you can without hurting yourself. Sounds like you have found a good program if you lost 20#. Keep it up!!

P.S. : A Jack and coke is always good! Cause it's always 5 o'clock somewhere!



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:04 PM

The nordic trac I use is a cross country ski machine.I dont have any problems with it unless my right foot cramps up.But usally the cramping goes away and I can finish. I also have a treadmill next to the skier but I have more problems with walking than skiing..Have any of you ever watched the video from Bill Hillman talking about his exercise program.?Bill I don't have any dizzeness ,I also am not on any meds now,maybe the dizzeness might be a drug complication.I do have a balence problem on one side but the therapists said exercise should help improve it.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:04 AM

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:32 PM

Thanks golden.next week I start the LSVT BIG program.My strength has gotten alot better and except for some stiffness after sitting I'm doing pretty good now.The sleep problem is so common today with others.But I do sleep alot better if I exercise more and stay away from stress.One thing i became aware of from visiting patients who have advanced parkinson is the neeed for therapy to avoid later incontinence.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:52 AM

Aloha,

My physical therapist had me using some sticks they had at the rehab to walk with in a manner similar to cross country skiing. This was so beneficial to my taking big stride steps and swinging my left arm that I invested in a pair of Nordic walking sticks from an online vendor. They arrived the other day and I had my first outdoor walk with them last night. My goal is to use them for at least 30 minutes a day. I find the planting stick first gives me a visual cue as to where my foot should be. Pushing down on the stick once it's planted helps to build core strength and work the upper body resulting in more exertion while walking. I am doing this in addition to walking the dog for 45 minutes a day and doing about an hour and half of home stretching and pt exercises. Even with this, I went to a meeting the other night where I sat in a metal folding chair for about an hour and a half and I could barely move when I got up. Once I started moving my legs it got easier though. Those chairs are the worst.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:08 AM

Larry, my PT did the same two years ago and it brought my natural arm swing back! Practice, practice,, practice! I remember how my husband hated walking outside behind me pushing those sticks the first month or so, but it worked.
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#18 Golden01

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:17 AM

My husband goes "pole walking" a couple of times a week. His MDS is conducting a research study on use of walking with the poles as PT training for people with PD. She said my husband was "in too good of shape" to be in the study! Made us feel good to hear that.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:34 PM

Thanks for sharing your experience Dianne, that's encouraging!




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