I am a big sports fan and follow all of the major sports (nfl, mlb, and nba) and the last several years former NFL athletes have filed a huge lawsuit against the NFL because of post NFL head trauma and the NFL agreed to settle. Really? I mean they likely have been running their heads into others heads from grade school. What do you expect?

They get paid more money a game than most people make a year or multiple years. It just baffles me how they feel they are justified money.

It is fun to watch but I mean come on.

I have been a runner for many years. I started in college doing shorter distances to by the end of college, I did my first half marathon. For me, I its not about a race its about the run. I enjoy setting mileage goals and then exceeding them.

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MOVEMENT DISORDER EXPERTS OFFER DYSTONIA & PARKINSON PATIENTS USEFUL TIPS ON HOW TO STAY ACTIVE – AND DO IT SAFELY

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(October 2, 2013) – Experts all agree that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important in the dystonia and Parkinson’s communities. Exercise is a useful tool for individuals with dystonia and Parkinson’s disease no matter the level of physical activity. Paula Stein, Executive Director of The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation, speaks with two respected physical therapists, who specialize in dystonia and Parkinson’s disease, and elicits advice for patients on how to stay active — and do it safely.
With expertise in dystonia, Bill Gallagher PT, CMT, CYT, serves as Director of the East West Rehabilitation Institute. He is also a Master Clinician in Integrative Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Medical Center; and an Instructor in Clinical Physical Therapy at Columbia University.

Dr. Rebecca States is a professor of physical therapy at Long Island University Brooklyn, and specializes in treating patients with Parkinson’s disease.

STEIN: People with dystonia and Parkinson’s disease often benefit from different forms of exercise. Why is staying active so important for people with these movement disorders?

GALLAGHER: Everyone experiences dystonia differently and must find an exercise level and pace that’s comfortable and safe for them. Staying active can help clear the mind and create a positive environment. This is important because there’s an undeniable connection between one’s emotional and physical health. By staying active people with dystonia can also increase their strength, endurance, flexibility and improve or maintain their ability to function independently.

STATES: Parkinson’s patients can reap a variety of benefits from exercise including an increase in cognitive functioning and energy, as well as improvements in sleep. Staying active will also improve muscle strength, balance and really help the patient to walk better. Generally, an increase in exercise can make people with Parkinson’s disease feel more comfortable in their daily lives.

STEIN: What advice would you give to people with dystonia and Parkinson’s disease about starting out on an exercise program?

STATES: Doing too much too soon! It’s important for any individual with Parkinson’s disease to ease into physical activity. Whether they have previously been active or sedentary, the best advice is to slowly increase activity at their own rate. I can’t stress enough that every case of Parkinson’s disease is different. Patients should really stay in tune with their own bodies. Also, while it is normal to feel tired after starting an exercise routine, you should not completely exhaust yourself.

GALLAGHER: Being diagnosed with a disorder like dystonia is tough. For some patients there’s a certain amount of denial that goes on. I always tell my patients that they can’t compare themselves or their physical activity to people who don’t have the disease. Running 10 miles for a healthy active person may be a cinch. But for someone with dystonia, walking around the block is just as big an accomplishment.

STEIN: Is there such a thing as too much exercise for people with dystonia and Parkinson’s disease?

GALLAGHER: I remind my dystonia patients that there’s a difference between good and bad pain. Good pain generally feels like a dull burning sensation that comes on gradually as the muscles are being exercised. Once you stop exercising, the pain tends to go away fairly quickly and then comes back the next day or after as a diffused achy feeling and gradually dissipates over the next day or so But bad pain usually comes on suddenly and has a sharp or electrical quality and is more localized.

STATES: I agree. And remember, patients should be in tune with their own bodies. Exercise as much – or as little – as you’re comfortable with. Soreness is normal, but it should not turn into new dyskinesia (spasm or an inability to control the muscle movement). Debilitating pain or pain that lasts more than two to three days can be a sign of injury – or that something is wrong.

STEIN: What can people at different levels of activity do to push themselves to the next level?

GALLAGHER: A more active person with dystonia can, essentially become “even more” active. By gradually pushing the “envelope” and listening to the body to know when to go easy, it is often possible to make significant progress.

If a sedentary person with dystonia is starting an exercise regime, he or she may consider simply standing up and sitting back down a few times to get started. Water takes gravity out of the “equation” and a pool can be a good environment for exercise for some. The person should already feel comfortable in the water and should have a physical therapist or another person with them at all times.

STATES: For someone with Parkinson’s who has NOT been active, I would recommend – as a start – walking on a treadmill or overground for 15 minutes, two to three times a week. And then as the exercise gets easier, gradually increase the time to 30 minutes. This is important: patients who are not in the habit of walking for fitness, should begin this routine with a partner who can be there to help in case balance issues arise.

STEIN: Are there any special factors that Parkinson’s and dystonia patients should consider when
choosing an exercise program?

GALLAGHER: Yes. Surfaces matter! It is easier for people with dystonia to balance on a harder surface than it is on a softer surface such as a lawn. The brain gets clearer information from the harder surface.

STATES: Yes, I’d like to mention three quick issues. First: Some Parkinson’s patients find that listening to music while walking helps keep them more balanced. Second, finding an appropriate level yoga class with an instructor that encourages skill level adaptations may also be a good form of activity. And finally activities like tai chi and feldenkrais can help improve body awareness.

STEIN: Staying physically active is an important part of living a healthy life especially for individuals who live with dystonia and Parkinson’s disease. I’d like to thank Bill and Rebecca for their expertise, insights and for showing us that getting started – and then staying active – can be easy.