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Walking is as basic as movement. If we cannot walk we cannot get around and will need assisted living support. To lose your walking ability is to lose much of your life, but how do you walk? Many people have never been taught to walk correctly. When we were children …

Having read more articles about “brain health and diet”, than perhaps should be allowed, I have come to one conclusion: keeping your weight down to under 25 BMI is essential for decent brain health, fitness and good looks! ( if you don’t know what your BMI is, just Google the …

It was in 1817, that the London surgeon-apothecary Dr. James Parkinson ( 1755-1824) described the shaking palsy in a 66 page long booklet entitled ” An essay on the shaking Palsy”. In 1865 the term “Parkinson’s” disease was coined by William Rutherford Sanders of Edinburgh. It was further used by …

Resolved

As this year is approaching the end, a new year is right around the corner, I want to ask you to make some resolutions, and write them down. In preparation for the new year, I want you to ask yourself: what makes you come alive? What stirs your heart? The …

Core strength has become a buzzword in the last decade or so, yes surprisingly many people don’t know what this term refers to. Your core is the area around your trunk and pelvis comprised of three layers of abdominal muscles. It connects the upper and lower parts of your body, …

Shadowboxing – the practice of throwing punches without an opponent or bag. Often using boxing gloves or small weights. This allows you to focus on form, technique and proper movements while building muscle memory. Shadowboxing has many benefits even if you never intend to fight anyone in your life. First …

One of the fastest ways to get into a better shape is to jump. The “jumping” muscles are Also called “fast twitch” muscles and without them quick movements are not available to you. This is because there is a certain part of the brain that activates these and if not …

We all have our own race to run, and Our own struggles to bear, but we should remember that we are not lone wolves out there. Like wolves need their pack, We need each other- each other’s encouragement and motivation. We need to be accountable to each other. Surround yourself …

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When you think of Back Street fighting, what movie moments come to your mind? Is it the Gladiator, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon? the brawl in Bourne Ultimatum, Is it Rocky? or the most famous back street fight ever…West Side Story? Back Street fighting is different from Boxing Ring fighting in …

Anybody who’s ever pretended to punch or kick somebody and not really gone through with it knows how much fun it is to get a reaction out of the other person! In a real fight to fake punch or kick Your opponent, could mean the difference between winning and losing …

Remaining physically active can be tough at any age, but adding a Parkinson’s diagnosis can make it even tougher. Two recent studies from England now add more evidence that We have more control over our muscles and immune system as we age than previously thought. Both studies looked at recreational …

There are four basic styles of boxing, that the professional boxers fall into. Even if you’re not a professional boxer you will quickly find yourself moving in one of these four styles. The style is largely dependent on your Height and weight, and your personality. The four styles are: the …

People often asked me, “why do you teach boxing classes for Parkinson’s patients? “. I haven’t either had Parkinson’s in my family, nor have I ever studied boxing, until now. My journey to becoming a rock steady boxing coach begin with a simple request from a woman who was a …

Many people have experienced, or heard that boxing type exercises are effective to counter the stiffness that is a side effect of Parkinson’s disease. However, many people do not know why it works that way. As a trainer with Rock Steady boxing for Parkinson’s for over four years now, I …

Feeling frazzled, anxious about the future, Down in the dumps? Then, this new study is for you! In a recent study from the University of Limerick, Ireland, Researchers looked at how weight training could improve mood and feelings of well-being. The study used simple weight training routines such as squats, …

Many people have heard this statement, “exercise is medicine”, Yet they translated to themselves as “exercises like medicine “, or “exercise is similar to medicine”. None of these statements are true, because they fail to describe how exercise really affects the body. Study after study has shown that exercise has …

Buying Boxing gloves may seem like a daunting task after signing up for Rock Steady Boxing. Having never boxed before, what should you look for? Here is some help to navigate this uncharted territory: In the beginning of Boxing Glove Manufacturing, the gloves where filled with horsehair, by hand. To …

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While living on a permanent lockdown isn’t sustainable, many people are skeptical as to how much or how little to resume normal life. We have learned to live with social distancing, washing hands, facecoverings etc. to minimize risk of infection but we still need some more suggestions on how to …

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While wearing a mask to reduce risk of infecting someone with coronavirus is becoming a common practice, researchers are now looking into how it affects our bodies while we are working out. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends we cover our faces while in crowded places, and in …

The physical movement modality developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1930’s, has been, and continues to be one of the BEST exercise forms for people with Parkinson’s. One of the reasons for this is that Pilates exercises all involve the use of mental activation and focus. The movements all address …

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Susan asked yourself what you could do to keep the Parkinson symptoms at bay. Many people get tremors, followed by stiffness, slowness of movement, and coordination and loss of balance. There are many things you CAN do, and one of them is following a dopamine …

Biking has shown to reduce Parkinson’s symptoms by 35%. We are excited to be able to offer this program to people with Parkinson’s.

The way I see it, the best that we can do is to make sure we have a strong immune system.

Home gym

Working out at home may be challenging and what equipment to purchase can be confusing and overwhelming. You want things that are effective and that you can use in a lot of ways. After many years of in-home training, this is what I have settled on: Mat- start with a …

The single most asked question I get about my classes is: Does it include stretching. When I say “yes”, there is a sigh of relief from the other end, with a “yeah, I am becoming so inflexible”. The sad truth is that as we age, no matter what we do, …

We are generally aware that exercise improves brain function and memory, but we haven’t been sure, how intensely or for how long one needs to exercise to get these positive benefits. A study from U of C, and Japan published in September 2018 in proceedings of the National Academy of …

I have for a long time been a proponent of working from the feet up when it comes to sports conditioning, such as in my specialties golfing, skiing, and skating. It is just starting to become in vogue. Yes, feet are not a fancy thing to work, but in my …

For the last couple of years, HIIT, or high intensity interval training has been the buzzword in fitness. Coming up on the scene is its gentler cousin LIIT, known as low intensity interval training. After doing HIIT training, many people sustained stress fractures and injuries. Mostly because they simply were …

There has become a magic number when it comes to health, “the 10,000 steps”! But does counting steps really make a difference in our health and weight loss? The 10,000 step concept was introduced in 1964 Tokyo Olympics when a Japanese company wanted to encourage people to move more. They …

After being diagnosed with Parkinsons, many people take up Boxing, and boxing conditioning,  as it has been proven to decrease the symptoms of Parkins condition. Some choose to do it in addition to Parkinsons medicine, and some instead of.  After working closely with Parkinsons patients for the last few years …

While teaching a fitness class for Parkinson’s patients, I noticed some very uncoordinated foot movements. I started observing this tendency more closely and started doing some research. I found out that delayed nerve transitions through the pathway from the brain to the foot and back can be one reason for …

Falling is the number one injury to Seniors. About 1/3 can expect to fall each year. The risk is greatly increased for people with Parkinsons – the imbalance, stiffness and festation that often accompanies this disease. I have seen that even after minor falls, people become fearful of doing the …