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.
By Mind & Mobility (South Florida)
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.
This archive includes a dozen 10-minute workouts with various well known physical fitness experts, although most videos feature Denise Austin. In addition, there are dozens of very short, informative, motivational videos and exercise demonstrations focusing on one part of the body or specific pain relief.
By the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Greater St. Louis Chapter
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.
By the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), 2019
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
By the Brian Grant Foundation
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).
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.
By Rachelle Smith-Stallman, Albany, NY
Dance exercise class videos on YouTube. Each is fewer than 10 minutes long. Nearly 30 videos as of October 28, 2020.
Rachelle was featured at the Davis Phinney Foundation Victory Summit Albany in October, 2020. Watch an interview with Rachelle here, and Rachelle's 25 minute Dance Beyond Parkinson's Summit presentation here.
By Bowen McCauley Dance, Washington, DC
Six seated dance exercise class videos on YouTube. Each is about one hour long. All are with the same instructor.
By the 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.
By 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.
Volumes 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.
By Dancing with Parkinson's US
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 exercise videos (10-50 minutes).
By 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.
By 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.
By Dianna Daly
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.
By the European Parkinson's Disease Association
These twenty-one exercise videos were 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.
By Parkinson Wellness Recovery (Tucson, AZ)
Unlimited access to an extensive library of 30-minute Parkinson specific guided exercise videos suitable for most levels. In addition, members have access to PD specific wellness information, tips for tracking your progress and goals, handouts for self-assessment, and ask the expert seminars.
Exercises for Parkinson's
By the Singapore General Hospital
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.
By The Fit RV
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.
By the Parkinson's Foundation
Since April 2020, the Parkinson's Foundation has released 30 Fitness Friday videos (each is between 10 and 23 minutes long).
For a comprehensive workout, try one of the 10 Performance Packs, comprised of two or more Fitness Friday videos. Each Performance Pack workout focuses on one aspect of fitness for those living with PD.
By the National Institute on Aging
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.
By APDA Greater St. Louis Chapter
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.
By Jennifer Larsen
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.
By Keep It On
Four short (less than 10 minutes) videos designed to be challenging and engaging, including physical amplitude, arms and legs working and thinking together, brain exercise, daily-life moves / dance-like exercise. Repeat them as often as you need to improve your individual outcomes.
Coming soon - breath and voice exercise.
By Countryside YMCA (Ohio)
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.
By LSVT Global, Inc.
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.
By 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 is reviewed. Demonstrators have PD. Three levels of exercise shown. Designed by a physical therapist.
By Jamestown New York YMCA, May 1, 2013
These two instructional videos -- part I is 10 minutes and part II is 5 minutes -- 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.)
By Michael Weiss
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.
By NeuroFit BC
The NeuroFit BC YouTube channel includes 21 MOVE! exercise videos, six Parkinson's specific special videos, and 12 Fundamentals of Functional Movement videos.
By Adaptive PE
The Adaptive PE YouTube channel includes four Neuromuscular Parkinson's Training videos (25-45 mins), two short videos focused on exercise of the hands and lower body, and three short videos in Spanish. Two of the Spanish language videos are focused on exercise of the hands and lower body. The third is a short talk about fatigue in PD.
By the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation
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.
By Parkies Punch Back
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
By Parkinson Society British Columbia
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.
By John Argue, 2016
Purchase Info: direct digital download
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.
By 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.
By Davis Phinney Foundation, 2013
Purchase Info: direct digital download
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.
Archived classes from March 2020 to the present include yoga, shadow boxing, multi-tasking/cognition, strength and coordination cardio, bigger and stronger.
By the Parkinson's Association of Southwest Florida
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.
By 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 includes live workout classes, access to archived class videos, and personal consults with the trainer.
Parkinson's On The Move
By Parkinson's On The Move
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.
By JCC Tampa Bay on the Cohn Campus
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.
By JCC Greater Boston
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.
By PD Warrior PTY LTD, Australia
Cost: Free (in-app upgrades $1.99-$23.99)
Similar to Rock Steady Boxing in the US, this Australian app is available from Google play or the App Store is designed for early stage Parkinson's disease. It includes 10 PD Warrior core exercises for free with upgrades and additional bundles available via in app purchases to customize your workout. Each exercise is demonstrated by a physiotherapist.
By the Parkinson's Foundation of the National Capital Area
Recordings of nearly 30 exercise classes that include a warm up, low/medium/high intensity exercises, boxing, dance, and cool down. There are also recordings of choir for PD classes and communications classes.
By Power For Parkinson's
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.
By Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!)
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.
By Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!)
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.
By Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!)
Five short videos (4 minutes each) demonstrating the five PWR!Moves positions -- standing, sitting, prone, supine, and on all fours.
By Rock Steady Boxing Indianapolis Headquarters
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.
By the APDA Greater St. Louis Chapter
Three short (four-minute) videos include quick chair exercises, exercises for stronger legs and glutes, and exercises for better balance.
By 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.
By U-Turn Parkinson's
This collection of pre-recorded exercise videos includes three 20-minute warm up/stretching videos, four 20-minute seated workouts, one 20-minute upper body boxing video, 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.)
By the Neuro Challenge Foundation For Parkinson's
This series of yoga and meditation videos is for people at any stage of Parkinson's. If you're new to yoga, start with the three short videos that introduce yoga basics and breath work. Then, try one of the 30-minute yoga workouts, one on the foundations of yoga and another three focusing on different parts of the body. Also included in this video series is a 15-minute meditation.
By Yoga for Parkinson's
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.
By Impact Parkinson's (Westminster, BC)
Cost: Free (donations accepted)
This yoga workout, led by Kelly Ranford, RYT-200, MCP, M.Ed., focuses on flexibility and balance, plus relaxation and meditation, as ways of managing PD symptoms. Exercises include grounding and befriending the body, breath work with the intention of reducing stress in the body and mind, yoga movement in standing, seated on the earth, or in a chair.
Last updated October 2021 by Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach