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Boxing and PD - Learn how to punch back

There is growing evidence that vigorous exercise may have a neuroprotective effect for people with PD and that this type of exercise can help manage the symptoms associated with PD.


Boxing has become a very popular community exercise choice amongst the parkinson’s population. This high intensity, rigorous training creates an opportunity for participants to perform beyond their perceived capabilities.

Boxing classes are not only focused on hitting a big, heavy bag with funny gloves! Boxing classes also include…

  • Light speed bag work

  • Jump rope

  • Core strengthening

  • Calisthenics

  • Circuit weight training

There is a long list of physical benefits of boxing. It includes…

  • Increased core, upper body and lower strength

  • Improved hand-eye coordination

  • Improved posture

  • Better cognitive processing

  • Relieve symptoms for soft-voice disorders

  • Improve walking quality

  • Improved balance and agility

  • Improved reaction time

Besides all of the physical benefits of boxing, the sport is also an amazing place to join a social network and make friends within the Parkinson’s community. Boxing in a community gym creates a camaraderie! It is an encouraging environment where participants have the opportunities to share their life stories and experiences with others who may or may not be going through the exact same situations. Studies have shown that exercising with a group has a lot of emotional benefits.

One study from 2020 reports that after participating in Rock Steady Boxing

  • 70% of people felt an improvement in their social life

  • 63% of people felt a reduction in fatigue

  • 62% of people felt less fearful of falling

  • 60% of people felt a reduction in depression

  • 59% of people felt a reduction in anxiety


You may be wondering how to get involved in boxing. Rock steady boxing is a nationwide organization, which train coaches in a boxing program specifically geared towards individuals with PD. Click here is where you can find a class near you


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