At-Home Exercise Options
Want some tips and advice for setting up your home environment? Please scroll to the bottom of the page.
APDA’s FREE Virtual Classes
For a look at all of APDA’s Virtual Classes & Events, view the events calendar:
Description of APDA Funded Classes
Registration is required. Registration links can be found on APDA’s Virtual Events Calendar: CALENDAR
A movement class designed to increase your strength and balance, improve your posture, and engage your brain. Whether seated, standing, or lying on the floor, you will learn how to move with greater ease and comfort. (brought to you by APDA Northwest)
Find out more about Body Moves through this video
An alignment focused, fun, mindful class with adaptations offered to dial up or down your need for challenge. Increase your strength, flexibility and creativity while learning and practicing yogic principles with Jenn. (brought to you by APDA Northwest)
DANCE for Body, Mind & Spirit:
Join Chris Daigre, dancer, teacher and person with PD for a fun and inclusive dance experience. Move to the music and learn movements that support postural stability, increased range of motion and fluency. (brought to you by APDA Northwest)
Want a taste of the class? Check out this video! Questions? Email Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Donna and dancer, Carolyn McCarty for a dance/movement experience, with an option of time after class for conversation, specifically designed for the PD Community. (brought to you by APDA Massachusetts)
A 2016 study on Laughter Yoga and Parkinson’s found statistically significant improvements in well-being for adults with PD and their care partners after attending a Laughter Yoga session. Anyone can do it. And there are no side effects! When you pretend laughter, you get the same benefits as actually laughing and before you know it, you are laughing naturally. Join Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher and Trainer Rob Rivest in this eight- week series. (brought to you by APDA Connecticut Chapter)
A curated series of workshops exploring approaches from different styles designed to expand your movement toolkit. Each class will focus on a specific movement style: Tai Chi, Theater Movement or Improvisation. (brought to you by APDA NY)
Join board-certified music therapist Maggie in this fun and engaging class that can help with balance, communication, cognition, mental health and prevent social isolation. A typical class may start with a warm up, try some percussion or sing familiar songs. (brought to you by APDA Connecticut Chapter)
A chorus for people living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. No previous musical experience is required and all lyrics will be provided! (brought to you by APDA New York)
Yoga for People with PD:
Join longtime Yoga for PD instructor Peter Lynch (all levels and abilities welcome). From novices to experienced yogis, there is something for everyone. Gain a greater sense of well-being and movement through increased flexibility, strength, breath and balance.
More APDA classes can be found on the St. Louis Chapter’s Youtube channel. They have a variety of recorded classes catered to varying abilities that can be accessed HERE.
Additional APDA Resources
Order the APDA “Be Active & Beyond Book.” You can call us at 206-695-2905 and we will mail it to you. You can also download it here.
Watch the Webinar “Getting Motivated to Move” here.
Watch the Let’s Keep Moving Webinar Series. Tune in live every Wednesday or watch recorded versions. Visit Page
Other Community-Run Classes
Some of the classes below are free, others charge a small fee. If finances are a hardship for you, but you are eager to take classes that charge a fee the APDA Patient Aid Scholarship could help.
Our friends at the Parkinson’s Fitness Project have been broadcasting specially designed PD workouts based on the latest science. They have a great archive of videos and online classes. You can sign up for a FREE 30 DAY TRIAL and then if you like what you see, use the promo code MOVE when signing up to get the next 3 months at 50% off. They also have some free classes available, do live online classes, and if you are in the greater Seattle area you can join them in person once classes resume.
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.
At Painting With Parkinson’s, we believe that art has the power to heal. That’s why we host free classes and provide free painting kits to anyone affected by PD.
Silver Kite: Offers intergenerational on-line arts programs.
Sing Loud: A chorus for people living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. Every Wednesday. No previous musical experience is required and all lyrics will be provided!
Rebel Fit Club: Offers a variety of programs from Boxing to yoga, to PWR.
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!