Nordic Walking exercises for people living with Parkinson's May 23 2020
Because of the restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus crisis, we have been unable to make progress in our project with Parkinson's UK in the way that we planned. Thanks to the flexibility of the project's funders, The Fore, we have been able to take an alternative approach to encouraging people living with Parkinson's to find out more about the benefits of Nordic Walking.
National Trainer, Tatiana Novaes Coelho, has joined the project team to record some videos of warm up, cool down,and Parkinson's adapted exercises that can be used on a stand-lone basis or around a solo Nordic Walk.
If you want to give them a try, please remember these important points:
- Exercise is not without its risks. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately. If necessary you should consult with your doctor or relevant medical professional before undertaking this exercise programme. You are also welcome to pause the video at any point if you start to feel tired or need a drink of water.
- These exercises are safe to do indoors – just make sure you have plenty of space for your poles. Some of the exercises are suitable to do seated so do have a chair nearby if you think that your balance needs it.
- The exercises are all based on those taught within the INWA (International Nordic Walking Federation) method and have been adapted as appropriate for people living with Parkinson’s by instructors experienced of working with this group.