My dad has been recently diagnosed with PD, and was told that regular relatively intense sustained exercise could slow down the development of symptoms. On one hand, this isn’t hard for him, as he’s been a disciplined go-to-the-gym-every-single-day person for decades. On the other hand, he is 84 years old, moves slowly in general, and it’s hard for him to significantly raise his heart rate during exercise. Moreoever, his exercise is now (due to the pandemic) limited to the exercise bike he bought a few weeks ago, though he does tend to use it a couple of times a day.
So I’m curious if anyone has any specific suggestions for him on using the exercise bike more effectively? My dad has said that he tried out some of the programs available on his exercise bike, but in the end returned to the default “plain” setting. I know that when I go cycling, my heart rate doesn’t really get that high unless I’m going up a fairly steep slope. Maybe I should encourage him to try the “tougher” settings more (he does tend to be stubborn and traditional )? But I also don’t want to frustrate him or make him feel that his efforts are inadequate, and, not yet knowing all that much about PD, I’m not sure myself how important the relatively high heart rate is.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions or feedback.