Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace - optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute.
Fast pedaling is not a cure of Parkinson’s disease and should not be touted as such, but there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference for many who try it.
We do know that fast-paced cycling is changing the lives of increasing numbers of participants who, before this, had no hope beyond medication and eventually surgery to slow the progression of their disease.
The Pedaling For Parkinson’s program is available at your Mill Creek Family YMCA as a 12-week session of classes. Please register prior to the start of a session, as classes are closed once a session begins. Classes are held in the Cycle Studio, on individual stationary bikes.
When is the next session?
Sessions begin each fall, winter and spring. Call for specific dates.
When are the classes held?
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9-10am
How do I sign up?
Obtain medical clearance and consent forms from the Member Services desk. After these are completed and turned in, please attend the next session!
Who can participate?
- Be age 30-75 years
- Be diagnosised with Idiopathic PD
- Complete and submit a signed consent form and medical clearance
- Agree to periodically monitor progress
Who can NOT participate?
Parkinson’s patients with the following medical conditions:
- Cardiac or pulmonary disease
- Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
- Uncontrolled hypertension or stroke
- Other medical conditions that are contraindicative to exercise
How much does it cost?
Your first 12-week session is free. Additional sessions are free for YMCA Members.
What do I bring to class?
- Water bottle
- Bike pants or shorts
- Tennis shoes
- Heart rate monitor