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  • I was diagnosed with PD at the age of 57.  I am a personal trainer and had been a runner for almost 20 years.  Unfortunately, one of the 1st PD symptoms that I experienced was my left foot stiffening and then turning over on it’s side when I ran.  I have had to give up my running however I still weight train 2x week, do a “HITT” workout 1x week, take yoga 1x week and walk when I can.  I also downhill ski in the winter and waterski in the summer.  I truly believe that my PD symptoms are under control due the regular exercise.  My neurologist is very pleased with how slow my symptoms are progressing.  One thing that I will comment on is the effects of stress on my PD.  Stress definitely makes things worse.  I have had to make some changes to my training business so I experience less stress in my life.

    • Kim, it sounds like you’ve found some really awesome ways to manage PD symptoms. My Dad (diagnosed in 2013) has had a tremendous amount of success with Rock Steady Boxing, and he’s fairly certain that there’s a vital connection between fitness and PD progression. And he feels the same about stress. He took a few steps back from his job as a realtor to minimize the amount of stress he puts on his body. And it HAS had a tremendous impact on his life.

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