Pedaling for Parkinson

Pedaling for Parkinson’s is a cycling program that aims to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease. The Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA offers this program to our community.

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.

“I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in August of 2015 — at the age of 59,” said Debi Herman, YMCA Advisory Council member. “At first, I was devastated; however, I quickly began doing research to determine how diet and exercise coupled with medication can help manage the disease.

“I found that several experts and studies have shown that bike riding can greatly help patients better manage the effects of the disease, but it must be accomplished at specific levels of intensity,” she said. “The Pedaling for Parkinson’s program is designed to do just that. I have found that following this regimen around three times a week, my symptoms have improved and over the past four years, my medication levels have remained the same.

“While doctors do not attribute all of this good news to following this program, they do believe it is a major contributor to my overall good health,” Herman said. “I am so excited that the Y is now going to offer this program to its members!”

Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace, optimally 80 to 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.

The program will be offered at the Citrus YMCA from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning Dec. 9. The program is offered at no cost to any community member with Parkinson’s disease for eight weeks.

Call Tracy Joyner at 352-500-9622 for more information and to register.

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