The Science Behind Movement and Exercise
Exercise is important for everyone but even more so for people experiencing Parkinson's disease symptoms. Exercise improves gait, balance, mobility, tremor, flexibility, grip strength, motor coordination and ability to perform daily routines with more ease. Many studies show that people who exercise regularly experience an increase in a good mood and feelings of pleasure and have a positive outlook on life.
That is because when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that trigger a positive, happy feeling in your body and reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins are produced in the brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of the body and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.
Exercise can also help relieve mild depression and anxiety often experienced by people suffering from Parkinson’s by increasing neurotransmitter serotonin.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter found in the human brain as well as in other parts in the body including the digestive system. This neurotransmitter plays a very important role in a range of vital brain and body functions. Studies have shown that the amount of serotonin in the brain increases when you exercise, and the serotonin continues to be raised for some time after exercise. When you exercise, your heart pumps more blood all over the body, and more oxygen reaches various organs and systems of your body.
But that’s not all. Exercise increases the levels of neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain and if you are experiencing Parkinson’s symptoms you need dopamine. Mobility, balance and steady and coordinated muscle movements of the body are possible because of dopamine which is produced in a part of the brain called the “substantia nigra.” When the cells of the substantia nigra start to die dopamine levels are reduced and symptoms of Parkinson’s start to develop.
Dopamine is released when your brain is expecting a reward and pleasure. Even anticipation of certain activities associated with pleasure, such as exercise, eating, sex, or dancing, may be enough to raise dopamine levels. On the other hand your disappointment might lower your dopamine level and stifle your mood.
Keep in mind that dopamine isn’t acting alone. It works in synergy with other neurotransmitters such as serotonin to create effective solutions for your physical, mental and emotional health.
As you can see, an inactive lifestyle is not good for your body or your mind.
What is the Best Exercise for Parkinson's?
Just like with everything else there is no universal “Best” but, the best exercise for you is one that you will enjoy and the one that motivates and challenges you.
Some people like fitness classes rather than exercising alone, some like Tai Chi, Yoga, walking on the treadmill, biking, swimming, boxing, dancing, still others like to mix up their routine with a variety of workouts. Exercising regularly, at least three times per week and being consistent can increase your dopamine level and can give you the best results.
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