Get Moving! Walking Helps!
An article published recently by the American Academy of Neurology stresses the benefits of walking for people with PARKINSON’S DISEASE. Actually, the advice is equally appropriate for people who do not have PARKINSON’S DISEASE! A small study conducted at the University of Iowa and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City suggested that a brisk walk was a simple, easy way to alleviate some of the symptoms of PARKINSON’S DISEASE.
The study observed 60 subjects who walked for 45 minutes three times a week over a period of six months while wearing heart rate monitors. The biggest changes were clinically significant improvements in motor symptoms and mood and the scores to tests measuring attention and control responses were also considerably improved. Walkers also reported that they felt less tired and more physically fit overall.
Lead author of this study, Dr. Ergun Y. Uc suggests “People with mild-moderate Parkinson’s who do not have dementia and are able to walk independently without a cane or walker can safely follow he recommended exercise guidelines for health adults, which includes 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity aerobic activity, and experience benefits.” People without PARKINSON’S DISEASE….take note!!!
E. Y. Uc, K. C. Doerschug, V. Magnotta, J. D. Dawson, T. R. Thomsen, J. N. Kline, M. Rizzo, S. R. Newman, S. Mehta, T. J. Grabowski, J. Bruss, D. R. Blanchette, S. W. Anderson, M. W. Voss, A. F. Kramer, W. G. Darling. Phase I/II randomized trial of aerobic exercise in Parkinson disease in a community setting. Neurology, 2014; DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000000644