Pedaling for Parkinson’s
Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace – optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute.
Fast pedaling is not a cure of Parkinson’s disease and should not be touted as such, but there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference for many who try it.We do know that fast-paced cycling is changing the lives of increasing numbers of participants who, before this, had no hope beyond medication and eventually surgery to slow the progression of their disease.
This is an ongoing program, free for the first eight weeks. After the first 8-week session, a Facility or Program Membership is required.
Where are the classes held?
How do I sign up?
Obtain medical clearance and consent forms from the YMCA Welcome Center. After these are completed and turned in, a staff member will contact you.
Who can participate?
- Be age 30-75 years
- Be diagnosed with Idiopathic PD
- Complete and submit a signed consent form and medical clearance
- Agree to periodically monitor progress
Who can NOT participate?
Parkinson’s patients with the following medical conditions:
- Cardiac or pulmonary disease
- Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
- Uncontrolled hypertension or stroke
- Other medical conditions that are contraindicative to exercise
What do I bring to class?
- Water bottle
- Bike pants or shorts
- Tennis shoes
- Heart rate monitor