The Geauga Department on Aging is very excited about a non-contact “Boxing with Parkinson’s” class we are bringing to Ignite Sports & Enrichment Center in Geauga County on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 – 11 a.m.
This program has been successfully changing lives for over 9 years at Rock Steady in Indianapolis. This class of non-contact boxing provides many benefits for those with Parkinson’s disease.
The focus will be on improving overall fitness levels, maintaining a strong healthy body and working on postural imbalances and increasing core strength. Boxing requires a combination of endurance, strength, power, speed, agility, flexibility, durability, hand-eye coordination and the ability to react appropriately to strategic situations. Boxing improves balance and stability by forcing movements in all planes of motion. The rapid movements involved in jumping and punching increases over-all muscle fire ability.
Various studies in the 1980’s and 1990‘s support that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, rhythm, and hand-eye coordination can favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait and activities of daily living for those with Parkinson’s Disease. More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense “forced” exercise, and suggest that certain types of exercise are neuro-protective and boxing is a type of exercise that may actually slow disease progression.
We hope you will help spread this exciting news to those that have been recently diagnosed or who have early onset. The goal of this program is to help them improve their quality of life & self-confidence, provide an active support group and a challenging fitness class to help them better cope with their disease.
For more information on the Boxing with Parkinson’s program, call Sandy McLeod at the Geauga County Department on Aging, 440-279-2137.