The trick to mitigating at least some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease might lie in something fairly simple: brisk walking. A study published in early July in the online edition of Neurology states that by hitting their strides patients of Parkinson’s disease might be able to improve their motor function, mood, tiredness, fitness and some aspects of thinking abilities. The author of the study, Ergun Y is with the University of Iowa in Iowa City and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Iowa City. Uc. He is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology.
For the study 60 people walked with moderate intensity for 45 minutes three times a week over a period of six months. Alongside, they went through tests that measured their motor function, aerobic fitness, mood, tiredness and memory and thinking abilities. The results were significant: on every one of those counts the participants showed a 7 to 14 per cent improvement.
A motor function test revealed an average improvement of 2.8 points, considered a clinically important difference. “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 the recommended exercise guidelines for healthy adults, which includes 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity aerobic activity, and experience benefits,” said Ergun..