Written by North Yorkshire Sport
North Yorkshire Sport have enabled people with early onset Parkinson's to manage their condition using physical activity.
Parkinson's is a progressive, degenerative neurological condition with a wide spectrum of symptoms including tremor, slowness in movement, dexterity, and cognitive behaviour. Regular exercise is key in helping to manage the symptoms, yet there are very few opportunities to take part in accessible, condition specific activity.
North Yorkshire Sport supported Parkinson's UK (Harrogate) and BigKat Gym with Tackling Inequalities funding to establish Boxing sessions at Bilton Wellbeing Hub in Harrogate. The sessions were designed to build & maintain strength, mobility and flexibility whilst providing a social network where participants could connect with others living with Parkinson’s.
Participants told us how being physically active is helping them to manage their condition:
“I moved to Harrogate eighteen months ago and through NHS referral, discovered the Parkinson’s exercise classes and the boxing training. The class teachers are very knowledgeable and highly motivated. Training courses cover both physical and cognitive skills. I attended 3 one hour classes per week and am probably fitter than I’ve ever been”
“This high intensity programme is like a form of complementary medicine that actually works in tandem with the medication prescribed by my doctor. A great help in managing my symptoms”
“The trainer Chanelle is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and a tonic to be around”
“I really enjoy the boxing. Chanelle expects us to work hard as she would with anyone”