A First-hand Perspective, by Keith Fowler
As a person with Parkinson’s, I know first-hand when trying to exercise by myself that the problems are many, including fatigue, being alone, no competition, and many things that provide distractions. I have heard people say, (and I am one), they bought a bike, elliptical or whatever exercise equipment and use it for a couple of weeks and then it becomes an expensive clothes hanger.
Through a partnership with the Yakima YMCA, Virginia Mason Memorial, and The Memorial Foundation, the first 12-week exercise program specifically for Parkinson’s patients began in late May at the YMCA.
With the Pedaling for Parkinson’s program, we are able to meet people with the same problems that we can talk to. People are there to motivate us to do better, we get a sense of competition and gain a better mental outlook. The class is social in nature, which helps – the social aspect of getting together is important. Besides all that…I feel better!
I see great potential through Pedaling for Parkinson’s and hope more people will participate and benefit, as I have. It’s a progressive disease; there is no cure. This program gives you a chance to make some progress.
Join us! Program coordinators are looking for more participants for the next free 12-week series of Pedaling for Parkinson’s classes. Sessions are at 9 am Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Yakima YMCA, 5 N Naches Ave. Questions? Call Roxann Johnson at the YMCA, 509-248-1202.