Tag Archives: exercise

Navigating Parkinson’s with this great book!

I was recently gifted a book from the Sechelt Parkinson’s group called “Navigating Life with Parkinson’s disease”. Not only does this book do a great job of breaking down the basics of Parkinson’s, including motor symptoms. dopamine, lewy bodies and non-motor symptoms like sleep, depression, bowel/bladder issues; BUT it also addresses how to life and manage in your day-to-day life…. Read more »

Check out the NEW ParkinGO Wellness Society!

ParkinGO is a new wellness organization starting up on Vancouver Island. It’s mission is to focus attention on people with Movement Disorders and their caregivers, and to emphasize the role of exercise in helping improve quality of life. Jillian Carson PT and her team aim to provide a community centre that will enable clients to exercise, together or individually, under… Read more »

what happens to your body when you exercise?

exercise changes you. Neuroscientist Judy Cameron, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Tommy Boone, Ph.D., a board certified exercise physiologist, and Edward Laskowski, M.D., co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center take us through what happens in the body when we exercise. Increased blood flow during exercise benefits the brain: brain cells function… Read more »

“this is your brain on the couch”: inactivity changes the brain

We know that the brain retains plasticity, or the capacity to be reshaped, throughout our lifetimes. And that exercise is particularly adept at remodeling the brain, prompting the creation of new brain cells and other positive changes. I posted previously about the dangers of sedentary time (HERE). Now it seems that inactivity can also remodel the brain. A study (Mischel et al…. Read more »

How exercise improves brain health

Last week I mentioned some specific exercises targeted to PD symptoms (see HERE and HERE)… today I want to share WHY exercise is so important for brain health. New Research out of the Dana-Faber Cancer institute and Harvard Medical School (Spiegelman & Greenberg, Cell Metabolism 2013) shows that endurance exercise, such as distance running or cycling, releases a protein (FNDC5)… Read more »

sit less and move your as… ana

Sedentary lifestyles are killing us. ‘Sedentary‘ is defined as the act of sitting… sitting on the couch, sitting in the car, sitting at your desk, sitting to eat. ‘Sedentary’ does not mean ‘inactive’. ‘Inactive‘ is defined by an individual not meeting current recommendations for physical activity – Ayurveda, the sister-science to yoga, focuses on balanced, stable and nourishing routines. Ayurveda… Read more »

building brain muscles -or- practice makes perfect

When you practice learning something new, you’re building new neural pathways in your brain. The more intense the practice, the stronger and more functional those neural pathways, and the better you can play the piano or the more likely you are to make a three-pointer with your non-dominant hand. Fortunately, old dogs CAN learn new tricks, and as you get older… Read more »

break a sweat for PD

As we get older, our brain shrinks… yep it’s inevitable… all those thoughts, memories and white matter just waste away. White matter is especially important, like the wiring of our brain that is associated with cognitive function and memory. Especially in PD, preserving brain volume could potentially improve motor and cognitive symptoms and anxiety. A few recent studies show how… Read more »

Parkinson Wellness Recovery – Exercise 4 Brain Change!

Last week, I went to a talk by Becky Farley, PhD, MS, PT, sponsored by Parkinson Society BC. The topic was “EXERCISE AS MEDICINE” and she discussed some of the work she does at her Parkinson Wellness Recovery gym in Tuscon, Arizona. About Dr. Becky Farley Becky became involved in Parkinson’s disease during her post-doctoral work when she investigated the muscle activation… Read more »