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Parkinson's and Exercise: Bob's Journey

We met Bob a few weeks ago, when he and his wife came to inquire about our Parkinson's program. He was a perfect candidate for personal training. At 84, he's fully functional and uses a walker to get around. Perhaps you've seen him on our Facebook page? Let me introduce you to Bob.

His strength and confidence have drastically improved. His wife can't believe the difference.

With specific direction and safety in mind, Louise (a.k.a; my mom) has diligently improved his strength. "He's a natural in the gym," she said. "He is walking with more confidence, with his walker".

Focusing on functionality, she's been working on a few key areas: Strength, Mobility, Balance, Posture and Gait.

One of the biggest challenges, with Parkinson's, is everyday activities. Bob is able to get out of a chair, by using the handles and positioning his walker directly in front of him with the wheels locked. He can push himself out of the chair to a standing position and grab the handles of his walker.

We've encouraged Bob to raise the handles on his walker and take larger steps when he walks. Larger steps are much safer as you have an increased base of support. Good posture also means you can see what's around you. By nature, Bob is fast. The danger zone is when turning corners, so we've practiced slowing down. With improved posture and gait, you'll see Bob around Canterbury Commons. Determined to improve, he takes his walker and has gradually increased his distance to 20 houses.

We are so proud of you, Bob!

Check out his progress on our Facebook page, at

All Fit Gym is in Food Basics plaza, beside Coldwell Banker. Call 289-356-2140 for more info.

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