Vigorous Exercise May Help Slow Parkinson's Disease
By Robert Preidt
People with early stage Parkinson's may be able to delay a worsening of the disease through a regimen of intense exercise, new research found.
"If you have Parkinson's disease and you want to delay the progression of your symptoms, you should exercise three times a week with your heart rate between 80 to 85 percent maximum. It is that simple," said study co-lead author Daniel Corcos. He's professor of physical therapy and human movement sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
However, a more "moderate" exercise level -- under the heart rate threshold outlined in the study -- was not effective in slowing the disease, the researchers said.