What is it?
An 80-minute Davis Phinney Foundation instructional DVD entitled, “Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials: Getting Started, Staying Motivated, Seeing Results.”
For whom is it intended?
Most anyone living with Parkinson’s disease can benefit from this instructional DVD.
Workouts take varying degrees of disease progression, fitness and age into account and are adaptable for a range of mobility and ability. Whether a first-timer, a lapsed exerciser, or an athlete, this DVD contains highly relevant information.
Why is the DVD important?
This is the first time a video has been produced that shows people with Parkinson’s how to exercise and how to customize their approach for their own needs and personalities so that they stick with it for the long haul.
There are two complete at-home workouts with variations to account for different abilities. Dr. Matthew Ford provides detailed information about how to get started with exercise, then progress it over time – a key to getting maximum benefit from one’s efforts. He explains how to take any activity and turn it into exercise that is suited for the person with Parkinson’s. This is not a workout video to use for a while, then move on; this is both a workout and a road map for making activity and exercise part of a long-term approach to living well with Parkinson’s disease.
Importantly, all the people who demonstrate the exercises and speak about their experiences are people who have Parkinson’s disease. Each of them – different ages, backgrounds, abilities and symptoms – has a story that illustrates how much of a positive impact exercise can have on quality of life for people with this disease. Their message of encouragement is that if they can do it [exercise to live well today], viewers can, too.
Why should people register their DVD with the Davis Phinney Foundation?* (By ordering a DVD, they are registered.. This is rally just for folks that get one a different way)
Registration at http://DPF.kintera.org/
ExerciseEssentials gives people notification of updates, including video clips, printable workout exercise journaling templates, and content yet to be developed. We expect the resource web page to grow over time and want everyone who has the DVD to access the new content to stay informed and motivated.