Low-intensity physical activity

Low-intensity doesn’t mean low effort. Even gentle movements or activities can help to lift your mood and help you live well with Parkinson's. 

Remember that doing something to stay active is always better than doing nothing.   

Tips on getting physically active

  • Do something you love. If you’re not used to being active, or if you’re still finding your feet with Parkinson’s, then it’s important to try activities that you enjoy. There are numerous Parkinson’s friendly sports and activities, or you could even try being active at home.
  • Keep challenging yourself. Once you start being active, think about ways of increasing activities each week, or try new activities that will challenge you.  
  • Make physical activity part of your routine. Ask a friend to be active with you each week, or keep an active diary to chart your progress. Keeping a record of your activities will also help you see what's working for you. 
  • Don’t give up. Remember that the first step is always the hardest and being active is all about building a routine into your lifestyle. It’s not about running marathons, but you should find an activity that you enjoy and want to keep doing. 

Getting started on your physical activity journey

If you want to get active but you’re not sure where to start, Parkinson’s UK can point you in the right direction.

There is a range of resources, guides and information from physios, activity providers and Parkinson’s professionals to help you make the right choice for being active with the condition.