I substituted long walks, which I enjoyed almost as much. Then a car crash two summers ago resulted in a fractured vertebra. The lower back pain I experienced after the accident slowed me down even more.
My PT designed exercises to address that back pain, and they've worked like a charm. I can't use discomfort any more as an excuse not to take those neighborhood walks. But it's getting colder . . . .
What else could I try?
How About A Dance Group?
They certainly were popular at the World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in Montreal last month. Here's a clip from NBC New, reported by Chelsea Clinton no less:
But I'm a klutz and never could dance. I'm also uncomfortable with group exercises; I'm convinced everybody is watching me and trying not to laugh.
How About Boxing?
It's one-on-one, doesn't involve a group, and was also popular at the WPC:
This exercise bike used to be in the recreation room in front of the TV, which I never watch. Now it's upstairs to my office. When I'm at the computer (which is a lot of the time!) and come across a YouTube video I want to watch, I climb on the exercycle to view it.
Here I'm watching the 9-year-old opera singer who was so terrific on "Holland's Got Talent." If you haven't seen it before, take a look. You could run in place while watching it.