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Pedaling for Parkinson's

Pedaling for Parkinson's 

Named a Champion of Senior Health in 2018 by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, the YMCA of Greater Tulsa's Pedaling for Parkinson's program is one of our most inspiring community health programs. Since May 2017, we have been filling the gap for those living with Parkinson’s in a unique way by providing this program, which has proven that pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35 percent reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace – optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute. This research, combined with consistent data from the YMCA of Greater Tulsa, has proven that the program has a large impact on a higher quality of life for the participants. The goals for Pedaling for Parkinson's include:

  • To improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s disease patients and their caregivers
  • To educate patients, caregivers, and the general public about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a Parkinson’s
  • To support research dedicated to the prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s disease

Without exception, Pedal for Parkinson's participants must have a referral from their physician. Please contact Jennifer White with any questions.


Who can participate?
Participants who are: ages 30-70, diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, complete and provide a signed consent form and medical clearance form, complete medical intake at YMCA, agree to periodically monitored progress. Parkinson’s patients with the following are not eligible: Cardiac or pulmonary disease, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, uncontrolled hypertension or stroke, Dementia, or other conditions that make exercise dangerous. 

What equipment is provided? Aside from our private cycling studio and stationary bikes, heart rate chest strap monitors with unique coding, & step stools are provided. 

Will I be fitted to the bike? Yes! Our instructors are all trained to properly fit you to the bike. 

What is the goal? The target heart rate zone for each participant during exercise is 60-85 percent of their maximum heart rate. This ensures the best possible results. 

What does the research show? Research in the area of Parkinson’s disease indicates that exercise has been shown to improve self-confidence and independence, decrease the risk of falls, minimize fatigue, reduce rigidity and improve mobility.

How many times do I need to attend? It is recommended that you attend three one-hour classes per week in order to see optimal results.