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Pedaling for Parkinson’s at the Hernando County YMCA

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By Kari Grassia, Senior Director of Community Health Programs YMCA of the Suncoast

Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s Disease. This 8-week program uses high-cadence cycling (80 to 90 rpm) to help forestall the progression of Parkinson’s disease, alleviate symptoms and may even reduce the use of Parkinson’s medication. These 60-minute classes are driven by fast-paced music and certified coaches will lead you through an invigorating and challenging workout three times per week. Participants at every level are offered the challenge of improving their performance on an ongoing basis. Participants share a common bond in a socially supportive environment. 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. Results may vary due to the broad range of Parkinson’s symptoms, but it is clear that extended periods of forceful exercise have positive effects.

For Parkinson’s patients, these can include:

· Reduction of tremors and dyskinesia
· Cardiovascular benefits
· Increase leg strength
· Better balance and core strength

• Free participation in first eight-week session
• Cycling instructor with Parkinson’s knowledge leads each session
• Care partner participation is encouraged, but not required
• Community engagement and activity, fun, supportive environment at our YMCA

Participants must:
• Be age 30-75 years
• Be diagnosed with Idiopathic PD
• Complete and submit a signed consent form and medical clearance
• Agree to periodically monitor progress

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• Wear comfortable athletic attire and shoes
• Drink plenty of water before class and bring a water bottle each time
• Wearing a heart rate monitor that is provided during class is optional but highly encouraged

Program Location:
Hernando County YMCA
1300 Mariner Boulevard
Spring Hill FL 34609
Phone: 352 688 9622

Days: Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Time: 11:00 a.m.—noon

Ready to Register:
A medical provider consent and clearance form is required to register. The form must be completed and signed by your neurologist or primary care physician.
For more information, call the YMCA Healthy Living Line at 727-379-2473
or email Kari Grassia at [email protected].

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