As our population ages, tons of research is focusing on healthy aging—and how to grow old with our health, agility, and dignity intact.
Of course, you already know how staying physically active can help us achieve those goals… and beat back chronic disease, frailty, cognitive decline, and more.
Now, exciting new research reveals that exercise can even slow progression of this debilitating and difficult-to-treat disease…
It’s something that affects your movement and steals away your independence…
The symptoms begin gradually and worsen over time…
And there is no cure.
Stay on your feet longer
I’m talking about Parkinson’s disease (PD).
This latest study, which appeared in a recent issue of the journal Neurology, showed that people with early PD—who exercise consistently—fare better cognitively. Plus, they benefit from slower disease progression over a five-year period.
In fact, moderate-to-vigorous exercise seemed to support posture and gait stability over time. (This makes it easier to walk and stand.) Those who engaged in four or more hours of this intensity of exercise per week saw the biggest benefits.
Plus, physical activity on the job—in the form of at least 15.5 hours weekly of paid or volunteer work—slowed declines in processing speed (the time it takes to complete a mental task).
Both findings can help improve daily living for those living with PD.
I should also note that this study was performed in Japan—making these findings even more promising. (Japan’s population is not only significantly older than ours, but also much healthier. In fact, if you ever have the chance to travel to rural Japan, you’ll find entire communities of people older than 80—it’s remarkable and inspirational.)
Exercise outperforms drugs
Of course, I hope that everyone finds ways to incorporate exercise into their daily routine.
But in case you haven’t prioritized (consistent) movement yet, here’s another reason why it’s never too late to start doing so…
The researchers also investigated whether it matters if you’re already active when you’re first diagnosed with PD. And they found that it was more important that Parkinson’s patients maintain a consistent exercise program over time, even if they weren’t active at the time of their diagnosis.
This is critical information to have. Especially when you consider our current crop of medications for Parkinson’s come with a slew of side effects… and eventually stop working. (Meaning Big Pharma has yet to devise a drug that can effectively slow the progression of this particular disease.)
Yet, here again—good, old-fashioned exercise can achieve results that pharmaceuticals can’t. Whether you’re up against heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s, daily movement proves beneficial every time.
So, make sure you’re moving as often as possible, every single day. And remember, daily movement can be FUN.
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“Parkinson’s Progression Slower With Sustained Physical Activity.” MedPage Today, 01/13/2022. (medpagetoday.com/neurology/parkinsonsdisease/96651)