Exercise is known to offset many physical side effects of Parkinson's disease (PD). A recent pilot study suggests that early exercise also can reduce depression symptoms among individuals with PD.

A study of 31 patients randomized into an early exercise start group and a delayed start group found that patients in the early start group scored "significantly better" on the Beck Depression Inventory, according to the research published in Parkinsonism & Related Disorders ("Effects of a formal exercise program on Parkinson's disease" - January 20, 2014).

While this is extremely relevant in individuals being treated with medications for neurological conditions like Parkinson's Disease and Huntington's Disease, it's equally as important in those who are living with nothing of the sort. Depression and anxiety is not only a side effect of multiple conditions, but also has a high prevalence in adolescent individuals in recent years, and continues to rise. 

Exercise is proven to release endorphins and chemicals related to happiness, and can help improve signs and symptoms along with a treatment plan put in place by your physician. Exercise is for everyone, not just people who go to the gym everyday. 

However, if you are an individual who's being treated for Parkinson's Disease, if you're looking to reap the benefits of exercise surrounded by individuals who are going through the same thing you are, a Rock Steady affiliate may be a wonderful option for you. 

Prairie Fighters, a Rock Steady Boxing affiliate is located just 2 miles from our location on 75th and State Line, at 89th and State Line, and are currently taking new customers. 

Below is the link to their website!