'Delay the Disease' exercise program aims to delay Parkinson's

There's an exercise program targeted to help Parkinson's patients 'Delay the Disease.' (WSYX/WTTE)

CANAL WINCHESTER (WSYX/WTTE) -- A Parkinson's diagnosis doesn't mean losing out on life. There's an exercise program to get you back to your daily routine called 'Delay the Disease.'

Bob Wentz is a month into a new routine. He started after receiving tough news about his health. Wentz has Parkinson's. It's common bond he shares with the people around him at the gym.

"I think more people are realizing the benefits of an exercise program to delay the onset of Parkinson's," said Wentz.

Michelle Rammelsberg is a certified 'Delay the Disease' instructor at Advanced Training in Canal Winchester.

"I just knew exercise seems to help everything and definitely helped two gentleman I was already working with," said Rammelsberg.

The class is more than raising heart rates and mobility. But also stimulating brain cells.

"It can be intimidating to be in a big crowd if you lose your balance or shuffling or you're talking quiet and they can't hear you. Just every day things we take for granted gives them that self confidence again and makes them feel more comfortable," said Rammelsberg.

Patients find their voice and their strength again.

"There's definitely different levels and I want to challenge each of them to their level where they should be challenged, so they can all benefit from it," said Rammelsberg.

John Sayre was diagnosed with Parkinson's seven years ago.

"My doctor couldn't understand why I haven't progressed as much as I have. I told him I'd been working out," said Sayre.

The class is encouraged to link the training with habits at home.

"So, how about after we brush our teeth. You're going to hold for 30 seconds on each side and stretch. It'll help you sleep better," said Rammelsberg.

It's fast-paced and full of energy.

"You keep everything moving, keep exercising. There's no rest, just keep moving," said Wentz.

Wentz likes the company and the progress.

"I'd say the voice and the trembling are 100 percent better before I walked in the door," said Wentz.

'Delay the Disease' was founded by David Zid, the Director of Movement Disorders at OhioHealth.

The fitness program is offered in more than a dozen states.

To find out where you can join a class in your community just go to the 'Delay the Disease' website.

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