Pedaling For Parkinsons










Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with
Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace – optimally, 80-90
revolutions per minute. While cycling is not a cure for Parkinson’s disease, there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference for many who try it.   Classes are designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms. The YMCA’s Pedal for Parkinson’s class is geared specifically to counteract the movement challenges
experienced by people with PD

Who can participate?

Participants who:

  • Are 30-75 years old (older with physician approval)
  • Are diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease
  • Complete and provide a signed consent form and a medical clearance form
  • Agree to periodically monitor progress

Parkinson’s patients with the following medical conditions are not eligible for this program:

  • Cardiac or pulmonary disease
  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
  • Uncontrolled hypertension or stroke
  • Dementia

Other medical conditions that make exercise dangerous.




For more information about the program or to register please call Merilee Perkins at 207.324.4942 or email her at