If you think it is just about the exercise…
Although exercise is an integral part of living well with Parkinson’s, if you think PD Warrior is just an exercise program then you have missed the point – it’s about so much more. It is about helping you to tick activities off your bucket list. It is about helping you to stay at work longer if you want, look after the grandkids or take that overseas walking holiday (sometime in post covid 3025). It’s about building confidence, perspective and amazing connections with other like-minded people.
PD Warrior is built on four key pillars and based on what has worked for others who have done the program already. The first pillar is the most obvious – neuro-active exercise. PD Warrior has 10 core exercises that we use as our common ‘language’ to teach you how to move well and how to bring neuroplastic training principles in to your everyday activities. The other three pillars, which are just as important, include education – the more you know, the more empowered you can become and the more self-belief you can build, community – you are not alone and have a whole community of people to support you on the days when you are struggling and celebrate your wins on the other days, and behaviour change – Parkinson’s doesnt go on holidays so neither can your new and helpful lifestyle changes. It is the combination of these pillars that make PD Warrior as successful for people as it is.
A comprehensive and holistic management program should guide you in what you can do, how to do more of it and most importantly… how to stick with it too. Getting some quick wins in early once you start a program are essential to help you understand how much you are capable of. Learning tools to help you troubleshoot and stay on track when things are not going as planned and how to look out for wins when you feel like there are none are also essential features that we have built in to the program.
So, yes, exercise is important – but it is only one part of the whole package!