Exercise best for Parkinson’s disease patients

Exercise best for Parkinson’s disease patientsA new study has confirmed that any type of exercise is beneficial for Parkinson’s disease patients. It may be difficult for Parkinson’s disease patients to exercise, but many experts in the field suggest that exercise can have long-term benefits for them.

Parkinson’s disease is characterized by a loss of dopamine, which can contribute to a loss of movement control.


The review assessed the outcomes in over 100 studies conducted over the past 30 years looking at the impact of exercise on Parkinson’s disease. The results showed clear benefits of exercise on Parkinson’s, specifically for strength, mobility, flexibility, and balance.
Many patients may be doubtful or even fearful of exercise as they aren’t sure what to do or may have a fear of falling or injuring themselves. It’s important that patients choose a physical activity that makes them feel safe. Water aerobics and swimming are great options because they are low-impact exercises. Patients can also work with a trainer or physical therapist in order to improve their mobility and learn about different techniques to ensure they are safe and lower their risk of injury.

The overall take-home message from the study is that exercise can provide benefits in Parkinson’s disease, so it’s important that patients try and stay as active as possible in order to maintain mobility and improve brain health, too.

Related: Parkinson’s disease stages: Progression patterns in Parkinson’s

Author Bio

Emily Lunardo studied medical sociology at York University with a strong focus on the social determinants of health and mental illness. She is a registered Zumba instructor, as well as a Canfit Pro trainer, who teaches fitness classes on a weekly basis. Emily practices healthy habits in her own life as well as helps others with their own personal health goals. Emily joined Bel Marra Health as a health writer in 2013.



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