Pedaling for Parkinson's

Measurable progress - unlimited support


Benefit Statement

Pedaling for Parkinson's is a cycling program offered by the Decatur Family YMCA. Pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace, optimally 80-90 revolutions per minute, helps reduce symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed simply pedaling a bicycle for an hour at least twice a week could reduce symptoms by as much as 35%.

Program Features

  • 8-week session. Free for members and non-members. After first 8-week session completed, Y membership is required. SilverSneakers membership is accepted. Financial assistance is available.
  • Cycling class meets Monday/Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the spin studio.
  • Class led by trained Lifestyle Coach.
  • During the 1-hour class, participants are led through a cycling routine to reach the optimal cycling speed.

Program Requirements

  • Be over age 30
  • Be diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease
  • Complete and submit consent and medical clearance form
  • Agree to periodically monitor progress
  • NOT have cardiac or pulmonary disease, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, uncontrolled hypertension or stroke, dementia, other medical conditions that are contraindicated for exercise.


  • For more information, please contact: Michelle Patterson, Chronic Disease Prevention & Management Program Coordinator 217-872-9622, ext.121

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