Redeem Code
Expiring end of the May!
Take advantage of a 50% DISCOUNT for 6 MONTHS
(Code: promo50)
Redeem Code
Expiring end of the May!
Visit our social pages

Make Your Parkinson’s Workouts Sizzle by Taking A Rest

Four “active-rest” strategies for Parkinson’s exercise

Exercise is important and makes a significant difference for people living with Parkinson’s, but so is taking proper rest. Making your rest “active” can make all the difference in addressing your Parkinson’s symptoms.

Strength training or resistance training is an extremely effective mode of exercise to improve function for people with Parkinson’s disease.

There are many different ways to structure your workout session when you are strength training. You can perform a circuit, target specific muscle groups, perform high intensity interval training (HIIT), etc. Regardless of what structure you employee, you will always be scheduling rest intervals.

The purpose of the rest is to let your heart rate come down and your muscles and soft tissues recover. For Parkinson’s disease, there are strategies that you can use during this time to exponentially improve the results of your hard work.

The duration of rest between sets is typically  between 30 and 120 seconds depending upon the structure of the workout and the type of adaptation you are attempting to achieve. There are a course exceptions to this, but for an effective Parkinson’s work out, this is what I prescribe.

So, the question becomes, what can we do during this rest time to get the most out of a workout designed to address the symptoms of Parkinson’s.

Here is how you can get more from your workouts by making use of your rest intervals:

Active-rest strategies

1. Walk
Parkinson’s can make walking difficult. During workouts with my clients, I often employ “walking” as a resting/recovery activity. Slow walking with the reciprocal movement pattern we perform when we walk is a wonderful way to both bring the heart rate down and maintain proper gait. It’s also a wonderful activity to relieve the stress of an exercise such as a squat or a lat pulldown. Walking lets the body reset, recover, and allows the stressed muscle group prepare for the upcoming set by clearing the movement pattern.

2. Hand–eye coordination challenges
It doesn’t take very much effort to toss a tennis ball from one hand to the other. You can let the body rest and reset while doing so, sitting or standing. Or perform other low-effort activities that challenge coordinated movement and functional tasks. Challenge the brain and find small activities that require the sense of sight to navigate the body.
3. Movement patterns
Like walking, there are many functional movement patterns for the body that you can learn and perform. You can practice these body movements by repeating them or perform them  in sequence. If you don’t understand this principle, I have posted many meaningful movement patterns on YouTube that are available for free, or purchase one of my DVDs.

You can also find books by John ArgueKevin LocketBecky Farley, David Zid, etc. and learn their movements.

4. Memory Games
Engage your brain by playing a short memory game with during your rest. Purchase a deck of memory cards or simply use a standard deck of playing cards. During your first rest, layout three cards and commit the cards and suits to memory. During the subsequent rests, add additional cards and commit those to memory as well. Continue the process, adding one or two new cards each rest. See how many you can retain and watch how your memory improves over the days and weeks.

In conclusion, you can make your workouts sizzle and more dynamic by employing some simple strategies that don’t require you to add any time to your workout. Don’t just rest, challenge your brain!

Looking for ideas? Purchase the Parkinson’s Exercise Ball DVD or the Brain&body Bar DVD at PatrickLoSasso.com

Got Parkinson’s? Feel Better with Patrick’s Exercise Programs!
Quick & effective
The 5 minute DVD

Parkinson’s Exercise DVD – $29.50

You can improve your health and vitality in the comfort of your home in little as 5 minutes a day.
Learn more/Purchase

Greater intensity
The Parkinson’s Brain&Body Bar

The Brain&Body Bar – $99.50
A Fun, unique and effective way to build strength and flexibility
Learn more/Purchase

Greater intensity
The Parkinson’s Brain&Body Bar

The Parkinson’s Exercise Ball – $99.50
Used by individuals, therapists and trainers to improve function and health for PWP.
Learn more/Purchase


“It used to be that I couldn’t get up from a chair but after using the 5 Minute Workouts, I can get up by myself.” Sara K. Age 72, Manhattan, New York

Sara K.
Age 72, Manhattan, New York

“Thank you Patrick! The DVDs I purchased have made an incredible change in the way I think of my disease and the way I feel. I’m fighting back!”

Leonard P.
Age 68, Manhattan Beach, CA

“This DVD program is fun and I feel so much better. My shoulder used to hurt and I couldn’t raise my right arm. Now I can!”

Nathan W.
Age 69, Rhode Island

“I use my DVD every morning. It makes me feel so much better through the day.” Rhonda B. Age 72, Montreal, Canada

Rhonda B.
Age 72, Montreal, Canada

“I actually went back to the (golf) driving range one month after using the Bar. I got my golf swing back, not quite what it used to be but it was fun!”

Sandy M.
Age 81, Chicago, IL

“I tried other DVD programs but none of them has made me feel as great as I feel now using the BrainBall and the Bar.” Oscar B, Age 56, De Moines, IA

Oscar B,
Age 56, De Moines, IA

“I love the beautiful locations. I t takes me back to wonderful trips my fly fishing. I feel so refreshed even after just 5 minutes.”

Mel R.
Age 91, Montana

“Where I live, there are no trainers that specialize in Parkinson’s. Patrick’s DVDs have given me hope and have definitely improved my health and balance.”

Meagan S.
Age 62, Bakersfield, CA

“I now use the Brain&Body Bar every day. It’s had an amazing effect on my posture, balance and strength. Plus it’s fun!”

Peter R.
Age 76, Chicago, IL

“Just the other day I dropped a heavy lief of a table, it would have crushed my foot but I reacted quickly and moved my body and foot out of the way. I completely believe that I was able to react and move so fast because of Patrick’s exercises.”

Anita W.
Age 81 Los Angeles, CA

“I have been using the Parkinson’s Exercise DVD Program now for three months and I feel so much stronger, confident and balanced. Thanks Patrick!”

Vick F.
Age 78, Los Angeles,


CSC Certified

ISSA Certified

Newsletter Sign Up
Social Media Accounts

CSC Certified

ISSA Certified

About Us
Exercise Programs
Newsletter Sign Up
Social Media Accounts

SmartXPD® Copyright 2024 | Privacy Policy

SmartXPD® Copyright 2024 | Privacy Policy