Tips on getting active when you have Parkinson’s

Being active is good for you - it helps you live well, stay fit and build up towards more demanding exercise. 

Here we share tips from Team Parkinson’s on getting moving and staying motivated.

Take simple steps to build activity into your life

  1. Get out of the house once a day - one step leads to another.
  2. Walk up and down the stairs a bit more often.
  3. Build activity into other things you do - like 5 minutes of stretching when watching television.
  4. Do the washing up rather than using the dishwasher.
  5. Choose something that doesn’t require expensive kit and is easy to get to.

“I like to dance to music all the time. I listen to Steve Wright on a Sunday Morning and strut my funky stuff whenever possible.”

Enjoy what you do. Being active shouldn’t be a chore. Try to reward yourself as well

  1. Set targets and monitor your progress.

  2. Make a card with a positive quote on it, for example “You’ve got this”.

  3. Make it fun, interesting and social. Walk to a cafe and treat yourself to a slice of cake!

“I have to set realistic goals every day, these goals can be minor and major according to my body being ‘off or on’.”

Find support from others if you can

  1. Ask someone to be your buddy and do activities with you.

  2. Explain to friends and family how important this is, and ask for their support and encouragement.

  3. Go along to local group run activities.

  4. Find activities with like-minded people.

“There’s nothing nicer, after any sort of exercise session, than a cup of tea or coffee, and a wee bun and a chat with other people with Parkinson’s.”

Find an activity that is right for you, and have fun

  1. Choose activities that are convenient and fit in with your lifestyle.

  2. Include a variety of activities to keep it interesting.

  3. Get a good balance - build in a rest day.

  4. Borrow an active dog!

  5. Do activities that you enjoy, like walks.

“Set your doubts to one side and try something new.  You never know, you might enjoy it.”
Team Parkinson’s member

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Your checklist for being more active

Download, print and use this Team Parkinson’s checklist for getting started and staying active.