Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease

Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease

New research into the effects of exercise in the management of Parkinson’s Disease suggests that regular, high-intensity physical activity may help to keep disease progression in check.

In the United States alone, around one million people live with Parkinson’s disease and approximately 60,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, according to data from the U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative motor system disorder characterised by uncontrolled tremors in various body parts, especially the arms and legs, as well as poor balance and co-ordination of movements.

There is now new research into the effects of exercise in the management of Parkinson’s Disease. The research suggests that regular high-intensity exercise three times a week may help delay the progression of this disease.

A phase II clinical trial, called the Study in Parkinson’s Disease of Exercise (SPARX), was recently conducted by researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, and the University of Colorado in Denver.

Their findings suggest that high-intensity physical exercise is beneficial for people with early stage Parkinson’s Disease, as it may delay the progression of symptoms related to motor abilities.

If you need a very low cost, simple, and effective high-intensity walking program, try our “Walk The Weight Off Mind & Body program”.  This would be an excellent way to achieve a regular pattern of exercise and provide you with support and tons of nutrition and health advice.

A study by author Daniel Corcos says: “If you have Parkinson’s Disease and you want to delay the progression of your symptoms, you should exercise three times a week with your heart rate between 80% to 85% maximum. It is that simple.”  Like most things that affect our health, the trick is keeping it up long term and achieving a regular pattern

Study – Daniel Corcos, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. To read more about this study go to Pubmed where you should find the published  in JAMA NeurologyExercise and Parkinson’s Disease

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  1. susan thomson
    susan thomson says:

    My husband was diagnosed of Parkinsons disease 2 years ago, when he was 49. He had a stooped posture, tremors, right arm does not move and also a pulsating feeling in his body. He was placed on Senemet for 8 months and then Siferol was introduced and replaced the Senemet, during this time span he was also diagnosed with dementia. He started having hallucinations, lost touch with reality. Suspecting it was the medication I took him off the Siferol (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started him on PD natural herbal formula we ordered from AKANNI HERBAL CENTRE, his symptoms totally declined over a 3 weeks use of the AKANNI HERBAL Parkinsons disease natural herbal formula. He is now almost 51 and doing very well, the disease is totally reversed!  (Visit www. akanniherbalcentre .com)

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