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.