LEG STRENGTH

Benefits:

Freezing in people with Parkinson’s is a major contributor to falls. This symptom occurs when anticipating a first step, walking through a doorway or a crowded room, or when attention is diverted. This exercise has big steps in all directions to help reprogram shuffling steps and also incorporates stretching for posture. The key is to move slow and controlled and try to use the strength of your legs rather than momentum as you move from one exercise to the next.

Safety:

Use a sturdy stationary object, such as a chair or counter, to help you keep your balance.

Simple Equipment:

A non-slip surface to help you from falling.

Add Physical Challenge:

When you can easily do this exercise without holding onto a stationary object, stretching out your arms will increase the balance challenge.

Add Mental Challenge:

To add a mental challenge, count out loud or practice facial expressions.