PEDALING FOR PARKINSON’S

Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in Parkinson’s symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace – optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute.

   INFORMATION

LOCATION: West Y     |    COST: Members – Free  |  Community – Free

PEDALING FOR PARKINSON’S

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 9:30am – 10:30am

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease.

Fast pedaling is not a cure for Parkinson’s disease and should not be touted as such, but there is compelling evidence that it does make a difference for many who try it. UM Researchers found that program participants reported a 24% improvement in quality of life and a 10% improvement in the severity of their Parkinson’s motor symptoms after just eight weeks of Pedaling For Parkinson’s (PFP) participation. These findings suggest that PFP is an effective program to improve Parkinson’s disease symptoms, in combination with other treatments for the condition.

All participants will need to fill out the PD Screen Assessment and get signed authorization from their doctor to participate in this class. After you get the form filled out, please schedule a consultation with Stephanie Carpenter at stephanie@gtbayymca.org.


PD Screen Assessment
Email Assessment

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Participants must:

  • Be between the ages of 35 and 75
  • Be diagnosed with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease or be a caretaker of someone with this diagnosis
  • Complete and submit the PD Screening Assessment
  • Complete orientation with the YMCA Wellness Director, Stephanie Carpenter

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

HOW LONG ARE THE CLASSES?

Classes are held three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:30am – 10:30am. Each session lasts for eight weeks.

IS THERE A CHARGE FOR THE PROGRAM?

The first eight week session is free for both Y members and community members. Subsequent 8 week sessions continue to be free for Y members, and cost $25/session for community members.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

You should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. If you have bike shorts, those would be ideal, but there is no need to buy special clothing.

 

“I have participated in Pedaling for Parkinson’s, for almost eight weeks. I have already personally experienced improved results and a better sense of well being, even though it’s still early in the program.”

— Bruce of Ann Arbor YMCA