Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease. The YMCA of the Greater Fort Wayne offers this program because regular exercise is one of the key components in treating the many symptoms of Parkinson's disease, and it has been proven that pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson's disease.
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. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35 percent 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 for Parkinson's disease, but there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference in many who try it. Pedaling for Parkinson's is a cycling program that aims to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers.
Pedaling for Parkinson's mission is:
- To improve the quality of life of Parkinson's disease patients and their caregivers
- To educate patients, caregivers, and the general public about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a Parkinson's diagnosis.
- To support research dedicated to the prevention and treatment of Parkinson's disease.
Participants will ride on a stationary bike, three times a week. Each one-hour exercise session consists of a 10-minute warm-up, up to a 40-minute main exercise set, and a 10-minute cool-down. Rest breaks will be taken as needed. Participants will ride within their pre-determined heart rate zones and will be closely monitored by program facilitators. To participate, eligible participants will complete required forms which include a medical clearance and have an orientation with a Y staff representative.
Can I Participate?
- Are 30-75 years old
- Are diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease
- Complete and provide a signed consent form and a medical clearance form
- Agree to periodically monitor progress
Parkinson’s patients with the following medical conditions are not eligible for this program:
- Cardiac or pulmonary disease
- Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
- Uncontrolled hypertension or stroke
- Other medical conditions that make exercise dangerous.