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Why am I so tired, I thought exercise was supposed to help?

I have been getting this question often in the past few weeks so I wanted to address it for those that may have the same question


Exercise is an important part of maintaining physical and mental health, but for individuals with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, it can be a challenging task. One of the most common symptoms of Parkinson's is fatigue, which can make exercise even more difficult. However, it's important to remember that fatigue during exercise may indicate that the intensity level is too high, and scaling back may be necessary.

Exercise is crucial for maintaining mobility, strength, and balance, all of which are often affected by Parkinson's disease. Exercise can also improve overall well-being, including reducing depression and anxiety, which are also common symptoms that can surface. However, it's important to find the right balance between challenging yourself and overexerting yourself.

If you find yourself feeling overly tired after exercise, it may be a sign that the intensity level is too high. This could mean that you're pushing yourself too hard, which can lead to muscle fatigue, increased muscle soreness, and even injury. It's important to listen to your body and adjust your exercise routine accordingly.

One way to do this is to start slowly and gradually build up your exercise routine. This may mean starting with shorter sessions or lower intensity levels and gradually increasing them over time. This approach can help you build up your strength and endurance while avoiding overexertion.

Another way to adjust your exercise routine is to work with a Parkinson's exercise instructor or even a physiotherapist that has PD training who can help you develop a program that's tailored to your specific needs and limitations. They can help you find exercises that are safe and effective for you

and help you monitor your progress.

In addition to adjusting your exercise routine, it's also important to pay attention to other factors that can affect your fatigue levels, such as sleep, stress, and nutrition. Getting enough sleep, managing stress, and eating a balanced diet can all help you maintain your energy levels and feel better overall. There are some great suppliments that can be helpful to boost your energy or help improve you sleep so you have more energy in your day.

Every has different needs and symptoms so be sure to get professional advice when choosing what's best for you.

If you are looking for some guidance with tying everything together and getting a plan of action I encourage you to jump on my waitlist for my next 10 week Parkinsons Pathway to Empowerment course. It'll help you get in the driver's seat as you learn about proper nutrition, supplementation, exercise, sleep and so much more. Check out what other's are saying about my course here:

Exercise is an important part of managing neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's. However, it's important to find the right balance between challenging yourself and avoiding overexertion. If you find yourself feeling overly tired after exercise, it may be a sign that the intensity level is too high, and you need to scale back a bit. It might mean moving from a higher intensity program to a lower intensity one.

Think about it like a lateral shift instead of moving down a level. Your goal needs to be to get the most out of your exercise program not the least:) If you can achieve more out of a lower intensity program and gain more energy in your day then I would say your one step ahead!

Listening to your body is KEY and making adjustments as needed can help you stay active and maintain your overall health and well-being. All of the staff here at Boxing 4 Health do a great job at sharing feedback with all of the fighters when they think something needs to change. We all want the best for our students both in person and online and our experience can go along way in making sure you are exercising safely and getting the most out of your experience with us;).

Happy exercising!


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