Why Is It Beneficial For People Who Have Parkinson’s To Improve Their Agility?

Why is it important to improve one’s agility with Parkinson’s?

I believe it is important for a person with Parkinson’s to improve their agility so they can move better, change directions easier, quicker, and more fluently.   Some people who have Parkinson’s have challenges moving and changing directions quickly.  I have seen people move much better, quicker, and more fluently when they work on improving their agility.  Consistent and regular work on agility and regular exercise can set one up for success.

What is agility?

Agility or nimbleness is an ability to change the body’s position efficiently, and requires the integration of isolated movement skills using a combination of balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, strength and endurance. Wikipedia

Why is an agility ladder beneficial?

An agility ladder usually has around 10-15 boxes to go through.  This can challenge a person with Parkinson’s coordination and balance going through different sequences with their feet.  The colored rungs are very good for giving the person with Parkinson’s something to focus on.  

Some people with Parkinson’s have freezing episodes where their bodies just stop for a period of time and the person can’t move easily.  When they try to take a step, they aren’t able.  I have worked with people who have Parkinson’s who have freezing episodes and I have seen it help them tremendously to move better.  Having the colored rungs to focus on is very beneficial.

This is an agility ladder that I like and have had a number of my clients purchase.

If you have Parkinson’s and you are able to do agility exercises give it a try.  It can really help you move better.

Jonathan Rose wants as many people as possible to reap the amazing benefits of exercising regularly and eating healthy.  He provides people with exercise programs that are specifically designed for them to set them up for success to get on a well rounded exercise program helping them:  get stronger, more flexible, reduce weight and body fat if needed, improve posture, improve balance, mobility and agility, as well as stamina.  

Since 1992 he has been training children, adults and seniors to help them get in their best shape.  He specializes in working with seniors and people with Parkinson’s. He is very concerned about older people getting regular exercise so they have the strength, mobility and balance to live their lives and to decrease their vulnerability to falling.  He also trains caregivers and family members to help incorporate exercise in the people they are taking care of.  He develops programs for people who have Parkinson’s to manage and reduce their symptoms and teaches the caregivers and family members to help manage as well.  He teaches them exercises and stretches to do.  

Jonathan has a degree in Exercise Science and is a NASM Master Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Senior Specialist, Weight Loss Specialist, and Behavior Change Specialist.  He is also a Corrective Exercise Specialist in The Biomechanics Method as well as has two certifications by Gary Gray, Certification in Applied Functional Science and 3D Maps.

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