Exercise with mild symptoms

If your symptoms are mild, focus on vigorous exercise.

This means wearing sports kit and getting hot and sweaty. Try gym sessions, running, cycling, tennis, high energy Parkinson's programmes, circuit training or boot camp classes.

Talk to a physiotherapist who knows about Parkinson’s for more advice and to plan the right exercise for you, especially if you're just getting started.

Many of our local groups across the UK offer exercise classes specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s, at all stages of the condition.

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Exercise with mild symptoms

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Watch our animation to find out more about exercising with mild symptoms, and why it's so important.

Thanks to the Light Fund for their support with our exercise animations.

Man of the match: how football is helping John tackle Parkinson's

“For me, walking football takes me back to my best playing days, where the one thing that got me through everything was football,” says John. “I’ve seen what the adrenaline and enjoyment can do, and can explain to people what a positive effect it can have.”

Former semi-professional footballer John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2012. He talks about how sport helped him tackle the condition head on.

How to stay active and exercise at home

  • Keeping active is important for your physical and mental wellbeing. From chair-based aerobics to balance exercises, we’ve brought together a range of video workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home. Read more here.
  • In this print at home resource, we’ve put together some of the best exercises to help you stay active at home when you have Parkinson’s. Download it here.

Our exercise guidance is supported by the We Are Undefeatable campaign. The campaign aims to support people living with health conditions to build physical activity into their lives and to celebrate every victory - big or small.

Want help with starting to move more? The campaign is full of ideas and resources to help you start your journey to being active.