Some of Our Favorite PD Exercise Videos

For those with Parkinson's disease (PD) exercise is as important as medications, but it isn't always possible to exercise outdoors or attend an in-person exercise class.   These videos allow you to exercise in your home so there's little excuse not to exercise, even in winter.  Format varies from DVDs to downloadable archived class recordings.  We've included a few booklets.  Many are free.  Try several and mix it up, so you don't get bored.  It's also motivating (and healthy!) for care partners to exercise at the same time.  

Also see our list of live virtual exercise classes, taking place at scheduled times.


3 Chair Exercises for Parkinson's

Publisher: Mind & Mobility (South Florida)

Cost: Free

Three chair exercises are demonstrated by a physical therapist in a short, 3-minute video.  These exercises are intended to counter stooped posture, regain rotation of the trunk, and improve lateral strength to maintain mobility and balance.


APDA Greater St. Louis Chapter Exercise Videos

Publisher: American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Greater St. Louis Chapter

Cost: Free

This archive contains nearly 500 exercise videos at three levels, including basic exercise for PD, cardio, seated exercise, tai chi (standing and seated), interval training, movement training, yoga, 50-50 fusion, kickboxing, balance and flexibility, stretch and strength training.  Most videos are about an hour long.


Be Active & Beyond (PDF)

Publisher: American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), 2019

Cost:  Free

This 36-page guide (PDF) to exercise and wellness provides information on exercises designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s Disease.  This includes a daily exercise program, complete with step-by-step instructions and images, and an exercise log to keep track of efforts and goals.  In addition, it provides motivational tools to get you started and keep you going on your wellness journey.


Brian Grant Foundation Exercise Videos

Publisher: Brian Grant Foundation

Cost: Free

The Brian Grant Foundation offers seven Parkinson’s exercise videos, including a warm up (5 minutes), lunges (8 minutes), tai chi (7 minutes), aerobics and agility (20 minutes), boxing (8 minutes), boot camp (57 minutes), pilates and yoga (7 minutes). 


Daily Dose PD

By the Parkinson’s Fitness Project (Seattle, WA)

Cost:  Free for 9 videos; $29/month or $290/year for online streaming

The nine free classes (from 2019) include boxing fundamentals, HIIT (high intensity interval training), chair fit, tai chi, core, yoga, stretching/mobility.  The free classes are 13 to 30 minutes. Classes are led by a physical therapist with Parkinson’s specific certifications.

Paid classes incorporate PWR! Moves, cognitive dual task training, balance training, intensity training, and flexibility. For subscribers, new 20-25 minute videos are released weekly.


Dance for PD

Publisher: Bowen McCauley Dance, Washington, DC

Cost: Free

Six seated dance exercise class videos on YouTube.  Each are about one hour long.  All are with the same instructor.


Dance for PD Archived Exercise Classes

Publisher: Mark Morris Dance Group, New York

Cost: Free for 16 videos; $50 for 100+ videos

Sixteen archived exercise classes are available for free viewing.  Classes are designed to increase coordination, balance, flexibility, and strength through music and movement from a broad range of dance styles.  100+ archived classes and additional benefits are available for a $50 membership.


Dance for PD Instructional DVDs/Streaming

Publisher: Dance for PD

Cost: vol. 1 DVD $29.99, vol. 2 DVD $59.98, vol. 3 $29.99 DVD, vol. 4 $24.99 stream or download (no DVD), vol. 1, 2 or 3 streaming $23.99 each, full media bundle $120 (vols. 1-3 DVDs + 3 Music for Dance for PD CDs).

Each volume is a complete class with movements that draw from ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz and improvisation to create accessible, stimulating dances for all.  

Volume 1 and 3 feature seated and standing dances, and a teacher is always on screen to demonstrate both seated and standing versions. Volume 2 is designed to be done seated.  Volume 4 is the first all standing class, but can be equally enjoyed from a chair.


Dancing with Parkinson's Exercise Videos

Publisher: Dancing with Parkinson's US

Cost: Free

In early 2019, trained and licensed Dance for PD affiliate, Pamela Lappen, posted a series of twelve 30-minute videos on YouTube using the Dance for PD exercise model.  Between March and September 2020 she posted five more full length (10-50 minutes) exercise videos.


Delay the Disease - Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease (Book/DVD)

Publisher: David Zid, 2nd edition, 2011

Cost: $39.95 for book/DVD set

This exercise program includes categories such as wake up call, walking and balance, cardiovascular, strength, facial and vocal, and night-time stretching. Suitable for any disease stage, with many levels of difficulty. Designed by certified trainer and orthopedic surgeon with PD.


Delay the Disease - Functional Fitness and Parkinson’s (Book/DVD)

Publisher: David Zid, 2011

Cost: $39.95 for book/DVD set

Fifteen chapters are organized by activity of daily living, including getting off the floor, getting out of a car, getting out of bed, freezing, moving about in big crowds, and getting dressed.


Dianna Daly Exercise Videos

Publisher: Dianna Daly

Cost: Free

This YouTube channel features 25 exercise videos, including several balance in motion classes, seated exercises, yoga, stretching, strength and balance exercises for people with Parkinson's.  The instructor is Dianna Daly, a movement teacher for people with Parkinsons, yoga instructor, and dancer.  She mixes up the venue so some videos are filmed at the beach, outside on a deck or in the park.  Most videos are 3-minutes to 15-minutes long.


EPDA ExerciseCast

Publisher: European Parkinson's Disease Association

Cost: Free

Twenty one exercise videos created to help people exercise in their own homes in response to Covid-19.  The videos vary focus on movement, cognition, and voice using boxing, high intensity interval training (HIIT), dance, etc. to create a comprehensive exercise program.  Presenters also vary music, background visuals, and add timed challenges, etc. to maintain interest. 

Some episodes have accompanying, downloadable worksheets with detailed explanations of the exercises and audiofiles to do the exercises without the video.


Exercises for Parkinson's

Publisher: Singapore General Hospital

Cost: Free

These three, 7-minute exercise videos for those with Parkinson's begin with good advice about when and how you should do the exercises demonstrated.  Videos focus on flexibility, balance, strength. There is also a video with movement tips


The Fit RV Workouts

Publisher: The Fit RV

Cost:  Free

While these workouts are not specifically for PD, several folks with PD have recommended them to us.  Eighty-four archived workouts by fitness trainer and wellness coach Stephanie.  Videos include stretches, exercise bands, small space workouts, yoga, couples stretches, 'no jumping' jump rope workouts, and more.


Fitness Fridays

Publisher: Parkinson's Foundation

Cost: Free

Since April 2020, the Parkinson's Foundation's PDHealth@Home program has released several 12-minute videos.  Each Performance Pack focuses on one aspect of fitness for those living with PD.  The instructor is Joellyn Fox, DPT.  All the Fitness Friday videos are also available on YouTube.  


Go4Life Exercise Videos

Publisher: National Institute on Aging

Cost: Free

While these exercise videos are not specifically for those for PD, several people have recommended them to us.  This series of 12 exercise videos for older adults include warm up, flexibility, balance, lower and upper body strength, and cool down.  Video lengths range from eight minutes to an hour.


Jennifer Larsen Parkinson Disease Exercise Videos

Publisher: Jennifer Larsen

Cost: Free

Twice weekly since March 15, 2020, Jennifer Larsen has posted an exercise video for those with Parkinson’s disease.  Jennifer is a certified athletic trainer with years of experience with PD exercise.  These videos are designed to improve mobility, balance, and muscular strength for those with PD.  One of the videos is all seated exercises and another is all floor exercises.  All of her videos contain modifications.  Some videos in September 2020 are based on the PD Warrior program.


Joy of Movement Videos

Publisher: APDA Greater St. Louis Chapter

Cost: Free

These eight videos (all about 50- to 60-minutes in length) are intended for people living with PD and their care partners. Movements address flexibility, balance, endurance, functional movement and self expression. All movements are performed seated in a chair or standing supported by the chair. Movements may be done solo, although dancers are encouraged to share the fun with a partner. The instructor is Eve Fischbert, an occupational therapist with experience working with people living with PD.


Live Large with Parkinson's at the Countryside Y - Workout 1 and Workout 2

Publisher: Countryside YMCA (Ohio)

Cost: Free

These two 25-minute exercise classes are designed for people with Parkinson's.   The exercises may be  done seated or standing, supported by a chair.  These videos were created in March/April 2020.


LSVT BIG Homework Helper Videos (DVD/Download/Streaming)

Publisher: LSVT Global, Inc. 

Purchase Info: www.lsvtglobal.com; www.amazon.com or email info@lsvtglobal.com

Cost: $28 for DVD or download; $15/year streaming

Videos are designed for people with PD to use as an adjunct to LSVT BIG treatment delivered by an LSVT BIG certified clinician.  The videos can also be used during the month of therapy and after therapy as a motivation to practice and keep moving. Volume 1 contains standard exercises while standing.  Volume 2 contains exercises adapted to seated and supine positions, plus a chapter for caregivers. Available in English, German and Japanese.


Move It! - An Exercise and Movement Guide for Parkinson’s Disease (DVD/Book)

Publisher: Ohana Pacific Rehab Services and Hawaii Parkinson Association, 2009

Purchase Info: Ohana Pacific Rehab Services, 808-262-1118, online

Cost: $24.50 for DVD; $19.50 for book; $40 for DVD and book

This program focuses on exercises, flexibility, and pragmatic solutions for walking, moving, falling, and getting up off the floor. Adaptive equipment devices are reviewed. Demonstrators have PD. Three levels of exercise shown. Designed by a physical therapist.


Moving for Better Balance - Part I and Part II

Publisher: Jamestown New York YMCA, May 1, 2013

Cost: Free

These two instructional videos are taught by a Jamestown New York YMCA staff member using the "Moving for Better Balance" approach, an evidence-based fall prevention program.  (The Moving for Better Balance class is five hours over two days.  Contact your local Y if interested.)  Part I is 10 minutes and Part II is 5 minutes. 


My Exercises for Parkinson's

Publisher: Michael Weiss

Cost: Free

This 30-minute video is a personal account by Michael Weiss, a person with Parkinson's.  In it he shares stretches, breathing, and physical exercises he has compiled for himself.  Exercise demonstration begins 8-minutes into the video and include toe lifts, leg swing, leg lift, knee circles, hip circles, squats, arm stretches, arm twists, shoulder stretches, chair push-ups, bicycle legs, toe touches, chopping wood, conducting, dancing, and facial exercises.


Neuroboxing workouts

Publisher: Neuroboxing

Cost: Free

Two Neuroboxing Live! workouts posted on May 3, 2020 and May 7, 2020, as well as a PWR! Moves class with coach April.  Neuroboxing Live! classes are 55-minutes.  The PWR! Moves class is one hour.


NeuroFit BC Exercise Videos

Publisher: NeuroFit BC

Cost: Free

The NeuroFit BC YouTube channel includes 21 MOVE! exercise videos, six Parkinson's specific special videos, and 12 Fundamentals of Functional Movement videos.


NWPF Archived Yoga Classes

Publisher: Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation

Cost: Free

This webpage include archived recordings of over 150 yoga for PD classes, from April 2016 to May 2019.  Each class is 45 minutes.  The instructor is Renee Le Verrier, a certified yoga instructor and person with Parkinson’s.  Classes include step-by-step movements with variations; cues on how, what and where to notice yoga’s effects, relaxations techniques, and ways to apply yoga to everyday activities.


Parkies Punch Back

Publisher: Parkies Punch Back

Cost: Free

These 15- to 35-minute Parkinson’s workout videos aim to get the body moving and the brain thinking. Playlists include regular and seated Parkinson’s workouts, and regular and seated brain games.  There are forty videos with a mix of fitness levels.  Workouts include warm up, strength training, punching/boxing, and stretching.  Other elements in videos include balance work, brain challenges, and quick movement work. 


Parkinson Society British Columbia Exercise Recordings

Publisher: Parkinson Society British Columbia

Cost: Free

This collection of exercise recordings includes five Move videos (standing), five Move videos (seated), three Rock Steady Boxing videos, four Pilates videos (seated/modified), four Pilates videos (standing), two exercise with poles videos, four hand and dexterity exercise videos, four stretch and strengthen videos, three balance exercise videos, and a 10 day exercise challenge (10 videos, 6 minutes each).  Most videos are 35 minutes to one hour long.


Parkinson’s Disease & Activities of Daily Living (Download)

Publisher: John Argue, 2016

Purchase Info: direct digital download

Cost: $14.95

This 55-minute video shows how to get into and out of a car, how to get out of a deep couch, how to get up after a fall, how to start walking after a freeze, and how to help another person do these movements plus 50 more movements.


Parkinson’s Disease & The Art of Moving (Book/Download)

Publisher: John Argue, book 2000, videos 2015

Purchase Info: online for book

Cost: digital download $1.99 per lesson or $19.95 for 11 lessons; book $29.95 (out of print)

These videos demonstrate exercises for every portion of the body in 11 lessons (total 3 hours). Book includes over 100 photos. Lessons include sitting exercises, voice and speech, floor exercises, leg stretches, power stances, and walking, freezing, and turning.


Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials (Download)

Publisher: Davis Phinney Foundation, 2013

Purchase Info: direct digital download

Cost: Free

Features thirteen men and women with PD of different ages demonstrating both standard and advanced workout routines with twice-weekly variations. Intro reviews benefits of exercise and keys to success. Exercises were developed by physical therapist expert.


Parkinson's Exercise Program 4 You

By PEP4U

Cost: Free

Archived classes from March 2020 to the present include yoga, shadow boxing, multi-tasking/cognition, strength and coordination cardio, bigger and stronger.


Parkinson's Exercises with Marjorie Johnston

Publisher: Parkinson's Association of Southwest Florida

Cost: Free

Four of the videos posted to the PASF YouTube channel are exercise videos.  Each is 25 minutes long.  Focus of the videos include strength and mobility, balance skills, seated and mat exercises.


The Parkinson's Gym

Publisher: The Parkinson's Gym

Cost: Free for 10 videos; $96/3-month membership, $186/6-month membership, and $326/12-month membership for live classes and archived videos

Ten full length exercise videos (and informative blog posts) by personal trainer Zach Guza are free.  Equipment needed: a chair, broomstick, and light weights (or a couple water bottles or food cans).

Gym membership for live workout classes, access to archived class videos, and personal consults with the trainer.


Parkinson's On The Move

Publisher:  Parkinson's On The Move

Cost:  Free

Thirty-one archived workouts for those with Parkinson's.  Videos are sortable by level of difficulty, area of the body to focus on, and preferred position (sitting, laying down, or standing).  Other pages on this website offer free recipes and articles about nutrition and PD.

Also available is the Parkinson's On The Move Exercise Library.  This collection of 58 short (1-5 minutes) videos each focus on stretching or strengthening a specific part of the body.


Parkinson's Stretch and Strengthen

Publisher: JCC Tampa Bay on the Cohn Campus

Cost: Free

Suzanne Chen leads 43-minutes of stretch and strengthening exercises for those with Parkinson's.  Equipment to follow along include an elastic band, light weights (or water bottles), a 8-9 inch soft ball (or pillow), and a stable chair with no arms.


Parkinson's Wellness Videos

Publisher: JCC Greater Boston

Cost: Free

Eight YouTube exercise videos for those with Parkinson's, including four focused on neuromuscular integration, two total body conditioning and one seated strength.  Most videos are about 30 to 45 minutes.


PD Warrior BRAVE, 2nd edition (Download)

Publisher: PD Warrior PTY LTD, Australia

Cost: $39

This Australian program is 80 minutes of Parkinson’s specific exercise for download onto a device to use at home or while traveling.  Similar to Rock Steady Boxing in the US, exercises range from the simple where you can learn how to move well, through to complex dual and multi-tasking exercise that will challenge your body and brain.  Exercises are in seven 10-minute chapters.  Also included is an introductory instruction manual. 


Power For Parkinson's YouTube Exercise Videos

Publisher: Power For Parkinson's

Cost: Free

This collection of YouTube exercise videos for those with Parkinson's disease includes 14 "Take 10" (10-15 minute), 15 full-length (25-50 minute), and 12 hour-long workouts.  Subscribe to Power For Parkinson's YouTube channel so you get announcements when a new video is posted.


PWR!Moves (Book)

Publisher: Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!)

Cost:  $25.95

This book trains large amplitude functional movement with the practice of high effort and sensory awareness, along with neuroplasticity-principled components needed to fully address the motor, cognitive and emotional symptoms of PD.


PWR!Moves of the Month   

Publisher: Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!)

Cost: Free

This series of 25 short (1-6 minute) videos demonstrate effective ways to move when doing everyday tasks, walk, and fall safely.  Also included are some yoga poses and exercises to improve strength, mobility and balance.


PWR!Moves with Claire

Publisher: Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!)

Cost: Free

Five short videos (4 minutes each) demonstrating the five PWR!Moves positions -- standing, sitting, prone, supine, and on all fours.


re+active PT Videos for Home Exercising

Publisher: re+active PT

Cost: Free

re+active has posted to its YouTube channel a few exercise videos, including a seated re+move (PD) class (20 minutes), Parkinson's exercise class (25 minutes), and pole walking (13 minutes).


Rock Steady Boxing On-Your-Own Exercise Series (RSB ROX)

Publisher: Rock Steady Boxing Indianapolis Headquarters

Cost: Free

This is a series of 66 short videos. There are stretches, warm ups, workouts, fitness challenges, tai chi, and tips & tricks videos.  The idea is by the time you've followed along with one video in each category, you've done a whole body workout.


Simply Stronger - Quick Strengthening Exercises

Publisher: APDA Greater St. Louis Chapter

Cost:  Free

Three short (four-minute) videos include quick chair exercises, exercises for stronger legs and glutes, and exercises for better balance.


SmartXPD

Publisher: Patrick LoSasso

Cost: $14.95/month or $135/year after a free one week trial

A growing library of workouts for those with Parkinson's, including: 5-minute workouts, Undefeated Boxing, Rise & Shine morning blast, exercise ball, Brain & Body Bar, and Parkinsons' workout with towel and ball.


U-Turn Parkinson's Workout Series

Publisher: U-Turn Parkinson's

Cost: Free

This collection of pre-recorded exercise videos includes three 20 minute chair workouts, a 9 minute boxing basics video, two one-hour Rock Steady Boxing Winnipeg (RSBW) workouts, two advanced RSBW workouts, and two yoga Parkinson's workouts.  (Scroll to the bottom of the page to find all the videos.)


Yoga for Parkinson's Video Series

Publisher: Yoga for Parkinson's

Cost: $40 

This series of six (25 minute) streaming videos is intended to release muscle tension and help build mobility and balance confidence.  Each video focuses on a different Parkinson's issue, including posture, strength and stability, flexibility, balance and stability, anxiety and depression, and on the mat exercises.


Last updated September 2020 by Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach