Parkinson’s PDFIT

Exercise is Medicine. The research is clear, nowhere is this truer than for Parkinson’s Disease. Exercise helps improve the symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease.

As a starting point, the best choice of exercise is the exercise you will do BUT to get the most out of a PD exercise program, you need to incorporate 5 key exercise characteristics.

GlideTrak is an ideal choice for PD exercise because it combines all 5 key exercise characteristics into a single exercise experience we call PD FIT.

Learn more about GlideTrak PD FIT and the 5 keys to an effective PD exercise program.

There are 3 main pathways in the brain to address neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s.

Change brain chemistry

Change brain efficiency

Change functional pathways

(neuroplasticity)

Exercise is a particularly effective intervention for since it has positive effects on all of these pathways. However not all types of exercise are equally effective at driving these changes. This is where GlideTrak PD Fit comes in.

PD FIT is an acronym for Persistent, Dual Tasking, Forced, Intense/Aerobic, and Task Specific, the 5 key characteristics of exercise that optimizes the benefits.

Persistence

Exercise is like medication. Gains are lost when not done ... Read More

Persistence

Exercise is like medication. Gains are lost when not done regularly and consistently. A robust home-based exercise option is an important tool to maintaining a consistent exercise program

Dual Tasking

Complexity in exercise challenges the brain. Repetitive single ... Read More

Dual Tasking

Complexity in exercise challenges the brain.

Repetitive single task exercise like stationary cycling and lap swimming are generally not effective

Forced

Exercise need to be difficult. You need to work harder ... Read More

Forced

Exercise needs to be difficult.
You need to work harder and faster than you would normally or what your brain tells you is normal. This helps embed functional gains.

Intense / Aerobic

The neurochemical benefits of exercise areby far the greatest when the exercise ... Read More

Intense / Aerobic

The neurochemical benefits of exercise areby far the greatest when the exercise is intense, aerobic and done for an extended length of time

Task Specific (Gait Training)

Brains are specific. You need to practice what you want to improve. If you want to ... Read More

Task Specific (Gait Training)

Brains are specific. You need to practice what you want to improve. If you want to walk faster you need to practice walking faster.

Having a robust home-based exercise option facilitates staying on top of your exercise needs.

GlideTrak is the only suitable Home-Based Body Support Treadmill on the market

Glidetrak Standard Treadmill Motorized Cycle Standard Exercycle Walking Boxing
Persistent
Dual Task
Forced
Intense / Aerobic
Task Specific

Frequently Asked Questions

Exercise for Improved Walking
and Balance in PD

Scientists who study stroke and traumatic brain injury have identified four features of exercise that drive neuroplasticity: intensity, specificity, difficulty and complexity.

To explore whether these findings apply to PD, there are investigations into the effect of exercise in two ways. One study was in mice that had been made Parkinsonian.

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