At the heart of the Fighting Fit approach to living well with Parkinson’s is a strong focus on exercise and related activities.
Fighting Fit is delighted that Sarah Downing has agreed to join the team and will take responsibility for leading the part of the programme focused on exercise and related activities.
In addition to rigorous exercises like PD Warrior, PD Power and Boxing, the Fighting Fit programme offers taster sessions on singing and dancing, both of which can have a very positive effect in helping people with Parkinson’s.
Sarah said “I am excited about joining the Fighting Fit Team and becoming part of such an innovative programme that has the potential to empower so many people with Parkinson’s to take control of their Parkinson’s and make changes that will greatly improve their quality of life”.
Sarah studied at Brunel University, achieving a First Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy and now works as a qualified neuro-physiotherapist. She has been supporting people with Parkinson’s in the Buckinghamshire area for the last 2 years, having established The Buckinghamshire Parkinson’s Therapy Hub which offers exercise classes and physiotherapy to people with Parkinson’s and their partners or carers.
Sarah added “Fighting Fit is about living well in mind and body. The exercise elements of the programme are especially good for you if you have Parkinson’s. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach and the best exercise to do will depend on the way Parkinson’s affects you”.