Pedaling for Parkinson's

Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research has shown a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace – optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute.

Fast pedaling is not a cure of Parkinson’s disease and should not be touted as such, but there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference for many who try it.

We do know that fast-paced cycling is changing the lives of increasing numbers of participants who, before this, had no hope beyond medication and eventually surgery to slow the progression of their disease.

Questions

Campanelli YMCA

Contact: Diana Gudauskas
847.891.9622 Ext. 109
DianaG@gcfymca.org

Taylor YMCA

Contact: Lisa Piec
847.888.7410 Ext. 217
LisaP@gcfymca.org

Program Requirements

  • Be age 30-75
  • Be diagnosed with Idiopathic PD
  • Complete and submit a signed consent form and medical clearance
  • Agree to periodically monitor progress
  • May not have cardiac or pulmonary disease, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, uncontrolled hypertension or stroke, dementia or other medical conditions that are contraindicative to exercise.