Spencer Lockert of Ascend Fitness training with Ron Browne (right) who has Parkinson’s disease. (Ascend)

Chilliwack program targets Parkinson’s with exercise

Boxing training shown to have benefits to those with the disease

When Ron Browne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago, he took the pills prescribed, and he began to feel and function better.

But then he discovered the importance of exercise for neurological health.

“I was assessed by Neurofit BC a year ago and began doing Parkinson’s exercises in addition to strength training,” Browne said. “I have had steady improvement in all areas listed by NeuroFit BC have been especially surprised at how it has helped my brain to function better.”

Neurofit BC is a Vancouver-based physiotherapy clinic with a focus on Parkinson’s.

Browne was happy to find a Chilliwack program specifically designed to target those with Parkinson’s or other neurological conditions. Brain + Body Power is an eight-week research-based fitness program through Ascend Fitness aimed at improving brain health, mobility, strength and endurance.

Studies have shown that exercise, and specifically boxing training, have been shown to have benefits to Parkinson’s sufferers.

“The things you need to be a good boxer all make a big difference for Parkinson’s,” Browne said.

According to Neurofit BC, the non-contact boxing classes they run have a number of benefits to Parkinson’s patients: Decreased stiffness; improved gait; increased flexibility; better balance; decreased tremors; increased grip strength; improved mobility; and postural benefits.

Browne signed up for Ascend’s eight-week program that began on Sept. 27 and immediately saw results.

“My family and friends are very pleased to see me steadily improving.”

To find out more about the program and if more will be offered in the future, visit ascendfitnesscoaching.com/power.


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