José Eli Villanueva, County of San Diego Communications Office
One Live Well San Diego Recognized Partner is giving Parkinson's disease a punch where it counts. The fighters at the Rock Steady Boxing gym in Escondido have all been diagnosed with Parkinson's, but the training they receive there is making their overall quality of life better. Especially for Alan Horton.
Watch how he maintains his sense of humor and his quality of life at the local gym that’s become a staple for him in the County News Center story below:
Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance and coordination. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease each year and it is estimated that nearly one million people will be living with Parkinson's disease in the U.S. by 2020.
Regular exercise can be essential for people with Parkinson’s disease to maintain balance and mobility, and it may help slow the progression of the disease. Rock Steady Boxing San Diego, a gym based in the City of Escondido, is empowering San Diegans living with Parkinson’s to fight back against the disease with boxing classes and other forms of rigorous physical and cognitive exercises.