Webinar Recap:
Move Your Body!

Thursday | February 11, 2021
2:00 PM CST

Presented by
Dr. Jaimie Roper

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the February installment of the 2021 PAA Webinar SeriesMove Your Body! Presented by Dr. Jaimie Roper and sponsored by Amneal Pharmaceuticals, this interactive webinar explored the ways physical activity benefits people with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Roper demonstrated the specific benefits of different types of exercise while providing tips for success across multiple fitness and mobility levels.

Dr. Jaimie Roper is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and the Director of the Locomotor and Movement Control Laboratory at Auburn University.

Amneal is an industry leader in generics and specialty pharmaceuticals. We are thrilled to have their sponsorship support for this webinar!


Webinar Q&A

  1. Do something every day! You get immediate benefit from exercise and minimize the urge to delay or procrastinate.
  2. Small steps add up to big steps. Focus on creating a routine of daily exercise, rather than
  3. Not everyday will feel perfect. Not everyday is going to be great and that’s ok. The goal is to exercise daily to the extent you feel capable or your body allows.
  4. Incorporate more movement into a normal day. For example: if you go out to get your mail everyday, you can walk past your mailbox to your neighbor’s box for additional movement or to your box and back additional times.
  5. Any exercise is better than no exercise! You are making connections and structural adaptations in your brain when you are doing exercise – any kind of exercise.

Similar to other options we discussed today during the “forced exercise” topic, you don’t need to do this daily, maybe 3 or 4 times per week. Once you’ve learned the basic techniques of Nordic walking, incorporate some ways you can move a little faster.

Improved quality of life. It may reduce risk of falling or impact of a fall due to improved balance, strength, and endurance. This reduction of fall risk may indirectly prolong life.

We don’t know. Little research has explored the impact of resistance training to exhaustion in PD patients. I wouldn’t recommend it as a replacement for consistent, daily exercise. If you can’t get out of bed the day after doing resistance training to exhaustion, it makes it more difficult to establish a routine and realize the daily exercise benefits.

Yes! Great option for people throughout Alabama (and around the country).

Certainly. This can help the muscle rigidity symptoms that often accompany Parkinson’s Disease. This can be further enhanced by utilizing a Physical Therapist at a movement disorders clinic.



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