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Exercise at home – for HD families

We have very generously been given permission (via the European Huntington’s Disease Network Physiotherapy Working Group ) by Cardiff University to publish this material on our website and Facebook page. We hope you will take advantage of it particularly while self-isolation is in force.

Many of you will be aware of the importance of staying as physically active as possible both for your general health and in terms of managing your Huntington’s Disease (HD). The coronavirus situation will most likely be making this a little more difficult for you particularly as we follow government advice to stay in our homes.

We would like to share some information with you that you may find useful to help you stay as active as possible during this time. We believe that it is important for you to do some structured exercise every day to help you maintain strength and balance.

We hope the booklet enclosed will give you some ideas of exercises that you can do at home. These have been specifically developed for people with HD. You can also find videos showing you how to do these exercise by following these links, these replace the DVD referred to in the instruction booklet.

https://vimeo.com/289892489
https://vimeo.com/289893681

Our advice is to choose at least 2 or 3 exercises from each section of the booklet: flexibility and warm up; balance and co-ordination; circuit resistance training; strength training and the cool down. You can do these exercises 2 to 3 times per day.

Remember to get up and walk about as much as you are able. If you have a garden, walk outside for a bit and see what is changing as spring is happening.

Instruction leaflet PDF – Move to exercise

Kind regards,
The EHDN Physiotherapy Working Group

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