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Cycling and Parkinson’s: What We Know (and are learning) So Far

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Cycling and Parkinson’s: What We Know (and are learning) So Far

One of the questions we are asked often is this:

“Does cycling really help people with Parkinson’s?”

While we’d never say it helps everyone with Parkinson’s, or that it is an exercise you must do if you want to live well with Parkinson’s, research studies have shown that many people have experienced significant benefits from pushing pedals on a regular basis.

Depending upon pace and intensity, cycling has been shown to:

  • Improve overall motor function 
  • Reduce tremor
  • Reduce bradykinesia
  • Reduce rigidity
  • Improve aerobic capacity
  • Improve mood
  • Increase joy and social connections
  • Decrease UPDRS scores (Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale)

Plus, it’s a great way to have fun with your friends.

Pop's ride early - Davis Phinney Foundation

If you’re interested in learning more about how cycling has helped people with Parkinson’s live well, these resources are a great place to start.

Posts & Podcast

March 2019 – 8 Reasons to Use Your Bike as a Tool for Good

November 2018 – How to Exercise & Live Better with Parkinson’s with Dr. Jay Alberts

September 2018 – Pushing the Pedal on Research

May 2018 – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about eBikes for People with Parkinson’s… and More

May 2018 – How an eBike Can Bring New Life to Your Life

June 2017 – How a Bicycle Ride Led to Groundbreaking Parkinson’s Research

July 2016 – Exercise is Medicine for the Brain

Research in Progress Funded by the Davis Phinney Foundation

Community-Based Cycling Class for Slowing Disease Progression
Lead researchers: Dr. Anson Rosenfeldt and Dr. Jay Alberts

“SMART” Cycling Computerized Controller
Lead researcher: Dr. Angela Ridgel of Kent State University

Stories from Team DPF

Kevin Schmid on Why “Every Victory Counts”

Kristin Vannorsdel Rides for Her Mom

Moments of Victory – John Davis Rides Everesting

“I Rode the Rockies While Living Well with Parkinson’s”

Team DPF Member Jon Dittmer Rides the Parkinson’s Peloton

 

We’d Love to Know, What Role Does Cycling Play in Your Life?

If you have a moment, please let us know how or if cycling helps you live well with Parkinson’s by taking this very brief survey.

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