YMCA ‘Pedaling for Parkinson’s’ classes work to reduce effects of the disease

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April is national Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and the YMCA in Roscoe has chosen to spotlight a special program they put on, called “Pedaling for Parkinson’s”.

Studies have shown that riding a bike can reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s by as much as 35%. Sufferers of the disease, who may have trouble walking, are able to get up on a spin bike and get their heart rates up.

The Y offers the classes three times a week. 

Staff members say that although pedaling isn’t a cure for the disease, they’ve seen what a difference the exercise can make firsthand.

“When they are seated on a spin bike and they keep their cadence between 80 and 90 rotations per minute, it really helps keep the symptoms of Parkinson’s at bay,” said Ann Matuska, branch manager of the Stateline Family YMCA. “It’s very safe for them because they stay in the saddle, or biking seat.”

The classes are free and open to the public. Participants need only a medical release from their physician. For more information, click here.

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