6 ways to stay active - and stay motivated

It can sometimes be difficult to find the motivation to get physical. Here, specialist physiotherapist Bhanu Ramaswamy shares her top tips.

Think about what activity you find hard and turn it into an exercise

For example, if you find standing up requires effort, do three repetitions of sitting-to-standing action every time you stand. This might be from your chair, sofa, bed or even the toilet.

Doing this movement will help to keep your legs strong and your back flexible. The idea is to slowly incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. 

Get in touch with your Parkinson’s UK local group

Many local groups run exercise classes, from pilates to aerobics, and are led by exercise professionals.

Social distancing measures have meant that face-to-face classes are no longer running. But some groups are doing live video classes where you can join in.

Search for your local group.

Keep it varied

Get your partner involved, put on your favourite music or playlist, and try something new every so often if you can.

Keeping it varied will help it feel less like a chore and something you find enjoyable.

Not able to get out? Try a YouTube class

There are a lot of online exercise videos you can do at home at your own pace.

Try our new home-based exercise classes on YouTube. They’re all specific to Parkinson’s symptoms and are aimed at people of all stages of the condition. 

Track your progress

Tick off on the calendar each day you do that something, or use a fitness tracker (a device like a watch you wear on your wrist that monitors your progress).

Seeing what you’re achieving is a huge motivator to carry on doing more.

Talk to a trained exercise professional

A physiotherapist or exercise professional with training about Parkinson’s can talk to you about what exercise or physical activity might be helpful for you.

It may be trickier to get appointments with professionals at the moment. But you can still ask to be referred through your GP.