Exercise empowers individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to feel stronger and more in control. It can help by increasing muscle strength and endurance as well as by enhancing flexibility. Research further supports positive outcomes on personal outlook and mood.
Exercise will not reverse the symptoms of PD, but it can enhance quality of life and maintain functional independence for a longer period of time. The goal of aquatic exercise is to rekindle a desire to be proactive with the disease and foster a healthy and active lifestyle. The exercise program should focus on maintenance and, when possible, improvement of joint flexibility, muscular strength and endurance as well as cardio-respiratory (aerobic) ability.