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.
Contact: Jim Gibilterra
Healthy Living Coordinator, Campanelli YMCA
Contact: Lisa Piec
847.888.7410 Ext. 217
- 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.