|Parky and I after 12+ hr flight to Beijing|
For November, PTP diary writers are exploring the effects of exercise on the brain – a topic that has stimulated much research in recent years. It is also a question that I’m frequently asked during my Parkinson’s awareness activities and my standard response is based on my experiences as both, a patient and a physician.
Fatigue is among the most prominent symptoms of Parkinson’s that I have experienced, although it is often difficult to determine what is truly due to Parkinson’s, a medication side effect or part of everyday life activities (such as the 12+ hour flight to Beijing I am on while writing this post). Regardless, I have found exercise to be a very effective way to combat fatigue.
|The joy of realizing an exercise goal|
Once you’ve chosen an exercise routine, there are many barriers to maintaining the program. This is where I’ve found goals to be particularly useful. Whether training for a triathlon or a travel/exercise challenge, these targets keep me motivated.
I recommend everyone try setting an exercise goal to spur them on, and what could be more motivating than joining a program specifically designed to get everyone with Parkinson’s exercising regularly - the Parkinson Power Through Project?