High intensity of exercise found to lower progress of Parkinson's disease

Working out on an intense level three times a week may be safe and also help reduce the worsening of motor symptoms in people with early-stage Parkinson’s disease, shows research.

What is Parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, and causes gradual loss of muscle control, trembling, stiffness, slowness and affects balance. It was earlier thought that high-intensity exercise was too physically stressful for people with Parkinson’s disease.

As the disease progresses, it becomes difficult for patients to walk, talk and complete simple tasks.

The new study says that people who exercised between 80 and 85% of their maximum heart rate may benefit as much as taking medicines. For the study, the team included 128 participants between 40-80 years at the early stage of the disease.

The earlier the intervention, the more likely one can prevent the progression of the disease.

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