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Exercise slows Parkinson's Disease

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Whether you are newly diagnosed, or you have been living with Parkinson's for some time, there is one thing you should be doing- exercising! It can help in ways you'd never imagine.

Today, this class at Genesys athletic club is all about pedaling. The workouts vary from class to class, but for Don Duval, one thing never changes.

"Parkinson's is an every day fight to keep that disease under control, and Angee's got a very good class in here."

Genesys Athletic Club holds a bi-weekly class specifically for people living with Parkinson's.

The class is fun for students, and the benefits of exercise are undeniable, Don tells me, "That constant exercise helps keep the disease from progressing any further."

"If you combine exercise with medication, you can have a healthy, active life throughout the continuom of the disease," says class instructor, Angee Ludwa, MPT.

Ludwa says there is science backing up the benefits of exercise for Parkinson's, "What we know now about Parkinson's is that it's a progressive disease, but a lot of doctors now consider it a chronic disease. So, in other words, it can be managed over time."

Class participant, Samuel Warren , says he is living in hope, thanks, in part, to this class, "I've been in going on five years, and i've maintained and even increased my flexibility, and walking pattern."

Samuel says the class provides even more than disease management, it offers a unique sense of community, "We come from different backgrounds, but we sort of rallied into one group, and it's sort of a good feeling."

This parkinson's class meets twice a week at Genesys Athletic Club in Grand Blanc.

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