The benefits of physical activity has been widely promoted by the medical industry. The benefits as we age can help many remain independent and reduces the risk of falling and bone fractures. Physical activity can reduce the risk of many diseases such as heart disease and of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes to name a few.
Boxing has been know to cause Parkinson's Disease from the repetitive blows to the head that participants suffer. However, when boxers work out without the physical punches of the sport, they condition for agility, endurance, accuracy, balance and strength — many of the same functions that decline in people with Parkinson’s. A study by the Parkinson’s Foundation found that people with the disease who exercised at least 2½ hours a week experienced slower declines in quality of life than those who didn’t exercise at all. This exercise regiment is not a cure for the disease, but meant to improve the quality of life of people suffering from Parkinson's Disease. Check with your local gym to see if these types of classes are offered.