At-Home Activities

At-Home Activities


APDA Resources

Download the new edition of APDA’s Guide to Exercise and Wellness for People with Parkinson’s Disease.

Watch the Webinar “Getting Motivated to Move” here.

Participate in APDA Greater St. Louis Chapter’s exercise classes. They have a variety of both recorded and live classes catered to varying abilities that can be accessed here.

Let’s Keep Moving with APDA: Our partners at the APDA National Rehabilitation Resource Center for Parkinson’s Disease at Boston University are hosting live fitness-focused sessions. These will be short (approximately 20 minutes) sessions that offer education/instruction and the opportunity for the public to ask questions. These will be available via Zoom, and also live-streamed to APDA’s Facebook page. Use this link to register for one or all sessions.

  • Wed, April 8, 1pm ET:  Be Active at Home: Exercise tips for people with PD (Recorded session available here.)
  • Wed, April 15, 1pm ET:  How to Stay Motivated for Physical Activity with Social Distancing (Recorded session available here.)
  • Wed, April 22, 1pm ET: Setting up for Success at Home: Creating an Exercise-Friendly Area (Recorded session available here.)
  • Thurs, April 30, 1pm ET: Stepping into Spring: Keep your step count up with a walking program

Video and Live Classes Options

Dance for PD
Dance for PD has a variety of live classes nearly every day through a Zoom video link. Videos of archived classes can be played directly from the website.

Rock Steady Boxing
They offer short classes posted regularly on YouTube.

Boomerang Therapy Works
They offer both Facebook Live classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and have an archive of previous classes available to view anytime.

Silver Sneakers
Although not Parkinson’s-specific, Silver Sneakers is a specialty program designed for those 65+. They will be doing some Facebook Live classes and have an archive of previous classes available to view anytime.

Parkinson Voice Project
Exercise your Voice! The Parkinson Voice Project has several practice videos available here. They also host Facebook Live Sessions Monday – Friday at 11 am ET and on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm ET.

Beat PD Today
They offer live and recorded PD exercise videos via their website.

Virtual Tai Chi Classes with Jane Arsham
Jane Arsham, founder and principal instructor of Moving Easy, conducts classes designed specifically for individuals with Parkinson’s disease.  These classes are open to all no matter where you live.  AT NO CHARGE. Dates & Times: Monday, Starting- Monday March 30, 2020: 1:00 -2:00 PM  Wednesdays, Starting April 1, 2020: 11:30 – 12-30 PM Location: Remote using a computer, tablet, smartphone, or wireless device.  Register: Contact Jane Arsham at 339-707-0277 or taichi.janea@gmail.com.

Yoga, Wellness and Parkinson’s Disease
TriYoga and APDA MA have developed a 7-week yoga and wellness virtual course. Each class includes a yoga session, social interaction, and education, and no prior yoga experience is required. Participants must be able to get down to and off of the floor. Click here to learn more. Click here to register online on TriYoga Boston’s website.  Dates & Times: Saturdays, April 18 – June 6, 2020; 12 -1:30 PM
Location: Remote using a computer, tablet, smartphone, or wireless device.  Register: Contact TriYoga Boston at info@TriYogaBoston.org or 781-609-2497, or register online here. When you register you will receive instructions for logging into the online session. Sessions will be recorded so you will be able to practice on your own.

IMPROVment

Participation in improvised movement classes can lead to improved everyday functioning in several areas, such as social participation, movement quality, and self-confidence.

Joy of Movement

Group dance classes for persons living with PD and their care partners.

Virtual Tremble Clefs

Voice warm-ups and exercises.

Mental Exercises
Activities from the Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) Program involves enjoyable activities that promote thinking, concentration and memory geared for individuals with cognitive impairments. Research has shown that CST has improved cognition and quality of life. Click here to view the activities.

The generosity and creativity of both local and regional Parkinson’s exercise specialists have truly been an inspiration. We will continue adding to this list, and encourage you to check back frequently when you want to change things up!

Tips For Safe At-Home Exercise

If you have not been exercising regularly, please consult your healthcare provider before doing anything new.
• Choose a space where you’ll have enough room to move around
• If using a chair or other furniture for assistance, make sure it’s sturdy and isn’t going to slide around
• If exercising by yourself, make sure you have access to a phone just in case
• Make a plan: schedule fitness into your day and week
• Consult your physician if you have any health concerns or are just getting started

Our number one tip for at-home exercise is to TAKE A WALK if it is a safe option. There simply is no replacement for the outdoors, the fresh air, the movement, and it is free!

Note: We know many live exercise sessions are offered through Zoom.  Click Here, if you would like to know a little more about how to use Zoom.