Exercising improves walking speed for people with Parkinson's
In the journals
Three different kinds of exercise improved walking speed in people with Parkinson's disease, according to a study in Archives of Neurology. The finding adds to the growing evidence that physical exercise improves daily function in people with Parkinson's, a progressive disease that destroys brain cells that help control motion.
The study assigned 67 participants to one of three exercise regimens, which they performed three times a week for three months:
50 minutes of low-intensity treadmill exercise
50 minutes of stretching and resistance training
30 minutes of higher-intensity treadmill work.
Participants in all three groups improved their speed on a six-minute walking test, with the greatest gains obtained from low-intensity treadmill exercise. Stretching and resistance training improved muscle strength the most, and treadmill exercise improved cardiovascular fitness.