Motivating yourself and others, too!

March 31, 2014

While you’re “thinking about” whether or not you’ll start – or continue – exercising, keep the following thoughts in mind…

“Someday is nowhere to live your life.”  Rachel Macy Stafford

“Be stronger than your excuses.” Lisa Ferrara, Manchester, NJ


Put good memories to use and get motivated!

March 26, 2014

Interesting reading found in the March 23, 2014 issue of the Huffington Post

“Remember that time your exercise class had awesome music and fun gear — and left you feeling like you had a thorough workout?

Keeping this memory in mind could be the key to motivating you to exercise, a small new study suggests.

Researchers from the University of New Hampshire found that when study participants were asked to think about positive memories around exercise, they had higher levels of subsequent exercise compared with people who didn’t recall memories about exercise.

The study is published in the journal Memory and is based on data from about 150 students. For the study, the students were split up into three groups: One group was asked to think about something positive that happened that would increase exercise motivation, another group was asked to think about something negative that happened that would increase their motivation to exercise, and the third group was not asked to recall any memory. All the students were also asked to rate their future intentions to exercise.

Eight days later, the students filled out a survey saying how much they exercised the week prior. Researchers not only found that those who recalled the positive memories exercised more than those not asked to recall any memories, but those who recalled negative memories also exercised more than those not asked to recall any memories. However, the negative memory recallers exercised less than those asked to recall positive memories.

Memory isn’t the only thing you can harness to boost your exercise motivation. Other research has shown that having a workout partner and financial incentives could also help.”



March 25, 2014

The following words were shared by our Marblehead Parkinson’s support group leader, who read them recently in her March issue of Guideposts magazine and felt that they were appropriate for posting here. The statement was submitted to Guideposts by another  reader, Jim Koski, of Saginaw, Michigan.

“Failure is never a person, it’s only an event. And the person who sets a goal, makes a plan, takes action, evaluates results, adjusts their plan, learns from their mistakes and continues toward their goal, never fails.”

WOW! Jim could become a good motivational speaker!

Study on High-Intensity Strength Training

March 23, 2014

In a January 2014 Science Daily article, the University of Alabama at Birmingham summarized recent study results, stating: “Researchers say that high-intensity strength training produced significant improvements in quality of life, mood and motor function in older patients with Parkinson’s disease.”

We’re sharing the article in its entirety for you. Please visit the following site to learn more.


Bowling, Balance and a Whole Lot of Fun!

March 19, 2014

Nine bowlers and three “cheerleaders” had a wonderful time together at the Metro Bowl lanes on Foster Street in Peabody this morning!

It was our first field trip together as friends that didn’t involve attending a medical seminar or some other kind of informational event. Why did we choose bowling? It was a unanimous decision made during one of our weekly Parkinson’s exercise sessions. We were focusing on balance and stability, when someone mentioned that what we were doing was similar to bowling. That’s all it took and today’s plan was put into motion!

The Metro Bowl owners and employees were really friendly, helpful people, right down to giving permission for our members to use their canes while bowling, if balance was a concern. Those highly polished alleys are slippery, so our fun activity also provided a combination of balance, exercise and concentration. All the laughter and cheering one another on was good for exercising the facial muscles, as well as voice projection, too!

We’ll “spare” you any other puns, except to say that this idea was a lucky “strike”!


Vision Study Associated with Parkinson’s

March 14, 2014

Ongoing Parkinson’s studies at Boston University Medical Center include examining the effects of vision on perception, cognition and gait. Vision is closely associated with balance, which of course is one of the major Parkinson’s challenges.  For more information about the study and, hopefully, to interest you or someone you know to participate, visit the APDA web site at

Sleep Problems Helped by Regular Exercise

March 10, 2014

We had a great speaker at the Marblehead Parkinson’s support group meeting this week!

Cathi Thomas, a registered nurse and coordinator of the APDA Mass Chapter Information and Referral Center at Boston University Medical Center, spoke about Parkinson’s sleep disorders. Cathi and Dr. Joseph Friedman, highly respected for his work with Parkinson’s  and author of Making the Connection Between Brain & Behavior (2nd edition, 2013), presented valuable information at the World Parkinson’s Congress in Montreal, Canada, in October, 2013 that our own Keith and Linda Hall attended. But what do sleep disorders and exercise have to do with one another?

At the support meeting in Marblehead, Cathi reviewed two case studies and treatment approaches from the Montreal presentation.  Interestingly, from our perspective, at the top of the recommended sleep hygiene list was “exercise during the day”, as well as “exercise regularly and with specificity”.

If you’re experiencing trouble with sleep, please remember to explore the idea of some type of regular exercise as part of a treatment approach.

2014 Brings Our Redesigned Web Site and Blog

Welcome to our Parkinson’s Fitness web site and blog!  Visit us often to keep up to date on how we want to help you challenge yourself to increase your endurance, strength, coordination and mobility through goal-oriented, ability-customized exercise programs.  A Parkinson’s diagnosis demands an awareness that maintained mobility equals both medications AND movement.  We can help provide the movement here in our local North Shore area. We understand why consistent exercise is necessary…we live with Parkinson’s, too!


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