People with Parkinson’s can have difficulty in switching movements or accurately completing tasks. The medicine ball chop exercise connects a series of movements to create one task and encourages proper weight shifting and loading onto the hips and feet. It also challenges you to maintain your center of gravity while moving your arms. The big movements really work your oblique muscles (the abdominal muscles responsible for twisting the trunk). For this exercise, you can use a weighted medicine ball or any object that is easy to handle and weighs between 2-15 lbs.
Medicine Ball Chop
Start with the medicine ball at your left hip. Lift the ball up across your body and to the upper right above your head. Then move the ball back down to your left hip. While doing this exercise, you want to keep your eye on the ball. Exhale as you lift the ball up to the right and inhale as you come back down. Repeat on the other side.
To watch a demonstration of this exercise, watch our body rotation video.