Nearly one million people in the US are living with Parkinson's disease. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options. Aside from medication or surgery, many physicians advocate for exercise to improve or reduce the tremors or difficulty with movement to keep the body and mind nimble.
As long as your physician approves, people of all abilities and fitness levels can participate in our Parkinson’s classes. We offer Pedaling for Parkinson’s and Parkinson's Exercise Program at different locations, please contact your local Y.
Classes are offered at no cost to Y members. Non-members enjoy the first eight (8) classes at no cost. Additional classes may be purchased via punch card or by becoming a member.
Pedaling for Parkinson’s
Pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace - optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute - helps reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed that simply pedaling a bicycle for an hour at least twice a week could reduce symptoms by as much as 35 percent. (Jay Alberts, PhD)
During the one-hour class, an instructor on a stationary bicycle will lead participants through a relatively fast-paced cycling routine to reach the optimal cycling speed or revolutions per minute (RPM). Another coach will circulate through the class to provide assistance or encouragement as needed. This program is appropriate for patients in stages I – III. Stage IV patients are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Participants must wear a heart rate monitor to class. Polar H7 monitors can be purchased at the Venice Y front desk or at local retailers or online.
Parkinson's Exercise Program
Lead by a certified and experienced nurse, this class takes place in the group exercise room using light hand weights, bands, chairs, and balls. The class is designed to help develop and maintain strength, flexibility, balance and voice integrity. The focus is on amplifying movements and improving gait, posture, and speech. This program is appropriate for patients in stages I – IV. Classes are free to members. Non-members will be given a punch card for 8 free classes to try.
What Do I Need?
Participants wanting to join either the Pedaling for Parkinson’s or the Parkinson's Exercise Program s class must complete the packet of forms available here. A signed Physician’s Consent form is mandatory. Once the paperwork is complete, call the Y to schedule an Intake Interview to go over important details. You are then ready to begin!
Bonita Springs YMCA
Parkinson's Exercise Program will be coming soon to Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, and Fort Myers. Please call 941-492-9622 x299 for updated information.