Hello. My name is Liz Ogren and I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007 after several years of subtle yet remarkable changes that were odd for a “young” active person. After being diagnosed with PD, I spent lots of time on my couch. Fortunately, my family convinced me to get off the couch and start biking and walking.
I felt the benefits almost immediately, and founded Pedal and Roll For Parkinson’s in spring 2011 so that I could help others get moving. The inaugural event took place on September 24, 2011 at Cleary Lake Park in Prior Lake.
Research – and my own experience – has shown that pedaling alleviates PD symptoms. The benefits are magnified by more pedaling, and gradually diminish as you stop. Pedaling is faster, easier, and covers more distance in less time than walking. And, there are special bikes that require no balance, such as recumbent bikes.
My goal is to organize and motivate other people with Parkinson’s to get off the couch and “Pedal and Roll for Parkinson’s”. We hold bicycling events, weekly group bike rides, and Nordic walks. We travel to communities in greater Minnesota to share the benefits of exercise. And we have a bike “lending library” at Extra Space Storage in St Louis Park.
Please join us for a ride or a walk, because Movement Is Therapy©.