Be active this World Parkinson’s Day 2024

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It is World Parkinson’s Day on Thursday 11 April 2024 and so we are highlighting the opportunities for those living with Parkinson’s to be active in North Somerset.

Research has shown that regular, moderate to vigorous physical activity can help relieve some of the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s, as well as improving overall mental and physical wellbeing.

The physical benefits of being active can include:

  • better muscle and bone strength
  • improved flexibility and joint mobility
  • improved balance and a reduced risk of falls
  • higher energy levels and better sleep
  • lower stress levels and lower blood pressure
  • reduced risk of developing other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoarthritis, dementia and some cancers.

Being physically active can also bring benefits to mental wellbeing, including:

  • improved confidence and self-esteem, especially from the social benefit of being active with others
  • improved cognitive ability, helping your brain work more efficiently, so you can learn and remember more
  • reduction in anxiety and depression, and increased happiness, especially if you can be active outdoors.

There are a number of existing and new Parkinson’s exercise classes available in North Somerset:

Day Time Venue
Monday 10am Tickenham Village Hall
Monday 10am (NEW) Redcliffe Bay Hall, Portishead*
Monday 11.45am Walnut Grove Studio, Portishead*
Monday 10am Backwell WI Hall
Monday 10am Yatton Village Hall
Monday 11.45am Strode Leisure Centre, Clevedon
Friday 12 noon Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Weston*
Thursday 12 noon Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Nailsea
Friday 10.30am (NEW) Sandford Station*

*free for 10 weeks to new North Somerset participants funded by North Somerset Councils Steps to Get Active programme and Parkinson’s UK.

For further information or to book a place email or call Rowan: 07518 964332 or Amanda: 07917 116154

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