We all know one of the best ways to slow down the progression of Parkinson’s is to exercise. Keeping the muscles active while focusing on their movement helps the brain keep dopamine flowing.
Though I do not have Parkinson’s, I am keenly aware that exercise is good for all of us and that my body could stand to be in a bit better shape. My challenge has always been to keep myself disciplined to keep active when those inevitable moments of zero motivation set in.
So I have set on a bit of what is, at least for me, of a crazy idea. I decided I will set myself the task of running a half marathon this October. Keep in mind, I disliked running distance intensely in high school so this is a bit of a stretch for me, literally and figuratively.
How to start? If I start running at the beginning of my training, I’ll end up winded within a hundred yards and ready to throw in the towel (and running shoes!). So instead, I walk. This walking will progress to running, but my body, like everyone else who has been sedentary, needs to work into it. Right now, thirteen miles sounds like a lot. How to get there? One step at a time.
The same goes for exercising for Parkinson’s. If you haven’t started a regimen, you cannot expect yourself to have it come easily or to keep up with folks who have been working out for awhile. Like me, you’ll need to take it one step at a time. The key is setting a long-term goal and working towards it each day.
My long term goal is to finish the half marathon in October. What is your goal?
Here’s to small steps leading to big changes. What step will you take today?