Pedaling for Parkinson’s
The YMCA Cape Cod is excited to offer Pedaling for Parkinson’s and support those living with PD in our communities and beyond.
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. 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 Mission
- 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
- Have a clinical diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease
- Be willing to take part in monitoring and data collection
- Able to get on and off the stationary bike
- Complete enrollment forms including a signed consent
- Obtain clearance from a medical provider
CURRENT SESSION: February 27th – April 14th
Classes meet Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 10:45 – 11:45am
While attending every session will provide the greatest benefit, we ask participants to aim to attend at least two sessions per week. Participants ride on an indoor stationary bicycle with resistance/high cadence, gradually building up to 60 minutes (including warm up and cool down). Heart rate can be monitored throughout the class using a wrist-based heart rate monitor or a chest-strap monitor (provided) synced to the bike’s computer. We also use the talk test throughout class. Classes are taught by Certified Cycle Instructors trained in the Pedaling for Parkinson’s program.
Want to get on our list, or have someone contact you about enrolling? Please contact Junior Jones by email at [email protected] or by phone at 508-362-6500 ext.1250