Have you ever tried to solve math problems while working out? That’s one tactic an exercise group in Murrells Inlet is using.
Jack McGough slams the boxing bag. This fight is against Parkinson’s Disease.
“The balance and the strength and the every day pain they deal with dissipate," said Nikki Shaffer, Rock Steady Boxing.
Research shows its positive impact, and Jack feels it.
“I’ve been with Nikki a long time - ever since I’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease,” he said.
It was Jack’s idea to start the class.
Nikki Shaffer now teaches several Rock Steady Boxing classes for all levels of Parkinson’s Disease.
The workouts work on agility, flexibility, mobility, balance and the brain.
"Throughout we might challenge their neuroplasticity by asking multiplication tables, questions, things like that so they’re constantly thinking and engaging and creating new synapses and connections," said Shaffer, "because that’s what Parkinson’s is trying to take away.”
Shaffer said the students get stronger, and that's not all.
"They smile so much more. We have so much fun."
It's improving quality of life, and not just for those with the disease.
“There were people that came up to me with tears in their eyes," said Jack. "Wives who were finally getting some reactions from their husbands, who were just sitting around feeling sorry for themselves. That was a new experience. I made people cry!”
Tears of joy. Those are the best kind.
For more information or to get involved in the Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson's Disease visit https://www.rocksteadyboxing.org/.
Rock Steady Boxing has locations across the country. To join the group in Murrells Inlet call 843-318-5322.