Created: 07/04/2014 1:15 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff
A brisk walk could help boost the overall health of Parkinson’s patients.
University of Iowa researchers studied 60 Parkinson’s patients.
They took part in moderately intense walking sessions, three times a week, for 45 minutes.
They found brisk walking improved motor function and mood by 15 percent, reduced fatigue by 11 percent and increased aerobic fitness by seven percent.
“Some of these changes in mood and depression are very important in the quality of life of Parkinson's patients. Showing that exercise can improve these underscores that exercise really is medicine for Parkinson's,” said Dr. Jay Alberts from Cleveland Clinic.
Researchers recommend people with mild to moderate Parkinson’s, who do not have dementia, and are able to walk independently without a cane or a walker; follow the recommended exercise guidelines for healthy adults.