Exercise can slow Parkinson’s progression

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Anyone who is living with Parkinson’s disease will tell you that it feels like something has taken control of your body, with the trembling of your hands, head and legs, and your muscles feeling as stiff as a board… and you feel powerless because you have such limited control over your movement.

And I’m sure that with no drug that “cures” Parkinson’s, sufferers must feel like there’s no hope.

Taking back control

But now according to a new study, there’s a possibility that you may be able to loosen the grip that Parkinson’s has on your body.

And what’s even better, it’s a drug-free and 100% natural way that could help slow down the progression of this terrible disease.

And it involves regaining your ease of movement… by getting moving!

The study, published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, followed 3,400 Parkinson’s patients in North America, the Netherlands, and Israel for two years, keeping track of how frequently they exercised.

It turns out that people with the most advanced Parkinson’s saw the greatest benefit from exercise.

At the end of the study, those who maintained an exercise routine of two and a half hours each week – or the equivalent of a half hour, five days a week – had the SMALLEST decline in mobility and quality of life, compared to those who didn’t exercise as much or at all.

In fact, non-exercisers actually worsened over the course of the study.

And what’s more, it didn’t matter what type of exercise the participants did to reap the benefits, as long as they were getting some form of movement under their belts for those two and a half hours per week.

It only goes to show that whether it’s for weight loss, your heart health, detoxifying, or reducing pain and inflammation, it’s never too late to start turning things around with some form of physical activity.

Just find something you love to do for exercise and stick with it. Personally, I’m a big fan of swimming but there are many other very relaxing ways to work up a slight sweat: walking, gardening or playing with your grandkids in the park.

Being active also boosts your mood along with your strength and motor control, which is important because Parkinson’s can saddle you with anxiety and depression as it advances.



Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

Sources:

Regular Exercise May Slow Parkinson’s Progression, newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/exercise-slow-progression-Parkinsons/2017/03/30/id/781550/

Regular Exercise, Quality of Life, and Mobility in Parkinson’s Disease: A Longitudinal Analysis of National Parkinson Foundation Quality Improvement Initiative Data, content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-parkinsons-disease/jpd160912

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