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Some of Our Favorite PD Exercise Videos

Here are some of our favorite exercise videos available online, in DVD, or in VHS videotape format. All of these videos are Parkinson's-specific exercise programs. These resources may be useful if there's no PD exercise class in your area, if you are unable to leave home, or if you'd like to add some PD-specific exercises to your program.

The Daily Dose
Publisher: The Parkinson’s Fitness Project
Purchase Infoonline
Cost: $20/month subscription.  7-day free trial.
Online streaming of neurofitness training by a physical therapist with Parkinson’s specific certifications.  New 20-25 minute videos released weekly, and archived, incorporating PWR! Moves, cognitive dual task training, balance training, intensity training, and flexibility.

Dance for PD
Publisher: Canada’s National Ballet School
Cost: FREE, registration required for live stream presentations
Online streaming (and archived) exercise classes from Brooklyn and Toronto, Canada to increase coordination, balance, flexibility, and strength through music and movement from a broad range of dance styles.

Delay the Disease - Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease
Publisher: David Zid, 2007
Cost: $24.95 for DVD only; $19.95 for book only;
   $39.95 for DVD and book
Includes categories such as wake up call, walking and balance, cardiovascular,
strength, facial and vocal, and night-time stretching. Suitable for any disease
stage, with many levels of difficulty. Designed by certified trainer and orthopedic
surgeon with PD.

Delay the Disease - Functional Fitness and Parkinson’s
Publisher: David Zid, 2011
Cost: $24.95 for DVD
Fifteen chapters are organized by activity of daily living, including getting off the
floor, getting out of a car, getting out of bed, freezing, moving about in big crowds,
and getting dressed.

LSVT BIG Homework Helper
Publisher: Lee Silverman Global
Purchase Info: LSVT Global, 520-867-8838
Cost: $45 for DVD
Based on the LSVT BIG physical therapy program for PD, this limb
and body movement program is designed as daily exercise.

Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson'sMotivating Moves logo
Publisher: Janet Hamburg and Parkinson's Disease    Foundation, 2004
Purchase Info: Parkinson Foundation Heartland,
   913-341-8828, online, or email heartlandinfo@parkinson.org
Cost: $19.95 plus shipping for DVD
This 85-minute DVD includes 24 short, seated exercises specifically designed to
address Parkinson's movement challenges, such as balance, flexibility, walking,
posture, vocal range, and facial expression.

Move It! - An Exercise and Movement Guide for Parkinson’s Disease
Publisher: Ohana Pacific Rehab Services and Hawaii Parkinson    Association, 2009
Purchase Info: Ohana Pacific Rehab Services, 808-262-1118
   online
Cost: $24.50 for DVD; $19.50 for book; $40 for DVD and book
Focuses on exercises, flexibility, and pragmatic solutions for walking, moving,
falling, and getting up off the floor. Adaptive equipment devices are reviewed.
Demonstrators have PD. Three levels of exercise shown. Designed by a
physical therapist.

Moving for Better Balance - Part I
Publisher: Jamestown New York YMCA, May 1, 2013
Cost: FREE
This 10-minute instructional video is the first of two parts taught by a Jamestown New York YMCA staff member using Moving for Better Balance, an evidence-based fall prevention program.  The entire class is five hours over two days.  To take the class in person, contact your local YMCA and ask if they offer Moving for Better Balance.

Moving for Better Balance - Part II
Publisher: Jamestown New York YMCA, May 2, 2013
Cost: FREE
This 5-minute instructional video is the second of two parts taught by a Jamestown New York YMCA staff member using Moving for Better Balance, an evidence-based fall prevention program.  The entire class is five hours over two days.  To take the class in person, contact your local YMCA and ask if they offer Moving for Better Balance.

Parkinson’s Disease & Activities of Daily Living
Publisher: John Argue, 2012
Purchase Info: Phone 510-985-2645, by mail, or online
Cost: $27 for DVD
This 55-minute DVD shows how to get into and out of a car, how to get out of
a deep couch, how to get up after a fall, how to start walking after a freeze,
and how to help another person do these movements plus 50 more movements.

Parkinson’s Disease & The Art of Moving
Publisher: John Argue, book 2000, DVD 2003
Purchase Info: Phone 510-985-2645, by mail,
   online for DVD or VHS, or online for book
Cost: $47 for DVD or VHS videotape; $29.95 for book
This 187-minute DVD (or VHS videotape) demonstrates exercises for every
portion of the body in ten 20-minute segments. Book includes over 100 photos.
Lessons include sitting exercises, voice and speech, floor exercises, leg
stretches, power stances, and walking, freezing, and turning.

Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials
Publisher: Davis Phinney Foundation, 2013
Purchase Info: Phone 855-346-7564 or online
Cost: Free
Features thirteen men and women with PD of different ages demonstrating
both standard and advanced workout routines with twice-weekly variations.
Intro reviews benefits of exercise and keys to success. Exercises were
developed by physical therapist expert. Webpage has additional info.

Sit & Be Fit: Neuro Rehab Workout
Publisher: Sit and Be Fit, 2010
Purchase Info: Sit and Be Fit, 888-678-9438, or online
Cost: $24.95 for DVD
This 55-minute full-body workout includes posture, breathing, sensory
stimulation, upper body flexibility, leg strength and flexibility, seated
proprioception, seated towel exercises, seated facial exercises, balance
(seated or standing), stretching (seated or standing), and pelvic floor exercises.

Sit and Be Fit: Parkinson’s Workout
Publisher: Sit and Be Fit, 2006
Purchase Info: Sit and Be Fit, 888-678-9438, or online
Cost: $10.95 VHS only.
This 20-minute workout focuses on posture, breathing, balance, trunk mobility,
ankle flexibility and rhythmic stepping. Functional movements, such as moving
from a sitting to standing position, are included along with facial exercises.

Yoga Class & Archive
Publisher: Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation
Cost: FREE, registration required
Online streaming (and archived) 45-minute yoga classes, taught by Renee Le Verrier, a certified yoga instructor and person with Parkinson’s, and focused on areas particular to Parkinson’s.  Supports: chair, wall, cushion, block, blanket - aid balance and reduce the fear of falling.  Classes include step-by-step movements with variations; cues on how, what and where to notice yoga’s effects, relaxations techniques, tips to try, ways to apply yoga to everyday activities.

Yoga for Movement Disorders
Publisher: LIM (Life In Motion) Yoga Studio, 2011
Purchase Info: Online for DVD and for book
Cost: $13.95 for DVD, $16.95 for book
The two-hour video includes standing and seated variations of warm up,
morning, afternoon, evening, and sun salutation sequences that incorporate
breathing and movement. There are tips for posture, balance and tremor.
Book includes photos that show how to move in and out of poses in seated
and standing positions. Author is registered yoga teacher living with PD.


This resource list was recently updated by Denise Dagan, June 2016. It was initially created by Beth Miller and Robin Riddle with Stanford's Parkinson's Outreach Program, May 2014.

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