We have read a lot about Parkinson’s and exercise of some sort is encouraged by most of the sources we have found so I have taken that to heart. I exercise five times a week which includes two days with Rock Steady Boxing New West at IMPACT Parkinson's. Also, I recently bought a set of walking poles, another way to exercise while enjoying the fresh air. Boxing helps me to maintain my balance and will help me to become stronger and more flexible. It is a great workout with caring, empathetic and knowledgeable leaders - but they don’t let us slack off, it is a workout after all! I also enjoy the company of the other fighters, we all have the same issues but their encouragement and camaraderie helps a lot. I have also participated and benefited in other programs at IMPACT such as Yoga and the Chronic Conditions Self Management Program. IMPACT Parkinson’s calls us fighters, not boxers. It would be so easy to stay home and think about this illness and do nothing, but with the love and help of our families, and the encouragement of others with PD we can push back and continue to enjoy ourselves and lead full lives.
Sylvia "Steadfast" (New Westminster)