Hello NoN Community,
Today we are going to continue our focus on mobility. For people with Parkinson's Disease and/or Arthritis, flexibility and mobility are critically important to maintaining independence and overall wellness. While static stretching can be good, we promote the use of functional movements to improve mobility instead. We think it provides better bang for your buck with your time. As much as we wish everyone could exercise 3 hours per day, it is just not realistic. The great news is, research has found that if you perform resistance exercises through your full available range of motion that you will get just as many improvements in flexibility and mobility in those joints and muscles as you would if you just sat there and stretched.
Should you never stretch again? No. We still value stretching as an important part to overall health. As we stated in our last post, it does not have to take all day to get some stretching in. Not only that, but stretching can feel really good and there is a lot of value in that. All that being said, we recommend adding some resistance to your mobility work to get more out of your time.
Today, let's look at a lower extremity resisted mobility routine for you to try. Try each movement 3 sets of 15 repetitions.
Next Week: Resisted Spine Mobility Ideas
The blog is all about providing useful information for people with Parkinson's Disease, their caregivers, and/or friends. This is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is a series of generic recommendations, not for any specific individual. Please consult with your own health care professional before starting exercise.
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