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Forced cycling - worth investing in cycle for home?

Mary0927
Mary0927

My PWP is pretty good about doing the LVG (?) exercises, though usually not with as much enthusiasm or force as the physio would like. And we go to a fitness center to walk and do some machines only a couple of times per week (I still work and don't always get away to do this more often). So, some effort, need to do more.

We are considering getting a home exercise bike that would give him "forced exercise" cycling to add to the regimen and perhaps help with PD symptoms. We've seen videos, and some You tube but he's not convinced that the expense (this is not an inexpensive purchase) is wise or that it carries sufficient benefits to make it worth while.

Would be interested in hearing from others who have tried this with good, bad or indifferent results.

Thanks.

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Look up a person called NanCyclist on this website. She know all about cycling. Try this link:

healthunlocked.com/user/Nan...

Mary0927
Mary0927 in reply to laglag

Thanks for the referral. I found the site and am reading through the info/links.

I have a Theracycle. I can't comment about how it changes my Parkinson's symptoms but I can tell you that my whole body is very much buzzing and alive after riding. Not to mention that it seriously helps my internal system "move along" some of the constipation issues.

The "moving along" benefit on its own might be enough to get him (and me, sometimes!) using it! Thanks for the info.

I LOVE MY THERACYCLE AND FOUND IT TO BE A GREAT INVESTMENT AND WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT

I have heard good reports about the bike, but like anything else you have to use it to get the benefits. Is your pwp motivated to exercise while you are at work? If he can no longer drive, can you find alternate transportation to the gym where he will have support?

Mary0927
Mary0927 in reply to Lionore

He is motivated to work out on his own, and does his routine twice a day, most days, which is why I think he will use it. Going to the gym has lots of benefits - not least just getting him out of the house for a while - and I plan to retire in 6 months to make it easier for us both to get there regularly. They have stationary bikes but he usually can manage only about half the "required" pace (assuming it needs to be 80-90RPM as I've read elsewhere).

The stationery’s are excellent when it’s winter or raining badly. Because it’s so available I use it often and watch YouTube clips on my phone.

Mary0927
Mary0927 in reply to jeeves19

Thanks.

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