We know how important it is to be active, it's great for your physical and mental wellbeing, and its especially important for people with Parkinson's.
The more physically active people with Parkinson's are, the easier it is to live well and manage the complexities of the condition.
Being active can be anything that you find enjoyable and gets you up and about, and we are sure that there'll be something for you to try at one of our 3 leisure centres. This might be going for a swim, attending a Parkinson's specific boxing fit class, or building up your strength with our world class Egym strength equipment, all supported by our friendly and qualified staff.
If you are fit and healthy, and your Parkinson's symptoms are mild you should be able to take part in all the activities on offer, but maybe start gently before easing into something more vigorous.
Being more active will help you to live well with Parkinson's and as aiding cardiovascular fitness, balance, strength and coordination.
Whether you are a regular at a leisure centre or a beginner, try and keep in mind these 4 hints:
- Some is good, more is better! Its great to be active but try and do as much as you can as often as you can - and try and get your intensity levels high.
- Keep it enjoyable and varied if you enjoy what you do, then you'll keep doing it! Try and vary how you are active- mix in some classes with some gym work, or a swimming session with your usual yoga or Pilates- whatever you enjoy doing.
- Make it social. Being active with old friends or new, or in a class or group can really increase your enjoyment and motivation. You could always have a chat afterwards in the cafe.
- Challenge your mind. Keeping your brain as well as your body active can be very beneficial for all of us, and its especially true for people with Parkinson's. For example, our Boxing Fit classes are a great way to stay active and challenge the mind and meet new people.
Active Blackpool are proud to be working with Parkinson's' UK to deliver boxing fit classes for those living with Parkinson's.
What happens in the class?
A Parkinson's boxing fit class is a full-body workout exercise regimen where you perform non-combat boxing exercises
A typical boxing fit class will involve:
Stretches and warm-up exercises to prepare the body for the workout and to avoid injury.
Punching bags and speed balls to help improve coordination and posture or punching heavy bags to build strength and muscle.
Vocal exercises are incorporated into the workout to help with any voice disorder symptoms of Parkinson's
Footwork and other agility exercises will be used to help improve balance.
Light reaction equipment to increase reaction speed.
There is also a lot of group exercises that focus on socialization and community in each class such as partnered pad work.
How can I get involved
Those living with a Parkinson's diagnosis who lives in the Fylde coast can join in this class or attend the leisure centre.
You must be referred to us by your doctor, please make an appointment to speak with your Doctor/Parkinsons nurse/medical professional to see if boxing/general exercise would be a suitable for you.
Each referral would then attend a welcome meeting with a qualified exercise referral instructor at either Palatine leisure centre or Moor Park leisure centre. A full tour of the facilities and a questionnaire would be filled out. If you like the look of the or class/scheme, we will then offer a place within the boxing fit class.
If boxing is not suitable at this point, we would then design a bespoke exercise/activity plan within one of our 3 leisure centres in Blackpool.
More information on how boxing can benefit those living with Parkinson's can be found on the below links.
Case Study | Boxing for Parkinson's
For more information, please call 01253 478007
Please note, classes are held at Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre,
Moor Park timetable
||5.30pm to 6.25pm
||1.15pm to 2.15pm