Exercise May Be Real Medicine for Parkinson’s Disease

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There have been many studies shown that exercise is impeccable to living a healthy life. But individuals with Parkinson’s disease may have a hard time engaging in physical activity. However, studies have shown that exercise could be the best medicine they could receive.  Exercising increases your dopamine (that Parkinson Disease lowers) which can not only increase your mood and lower depression, but it improves gait, mobility, flexibility, strength, and balance. The Parkinson’s Foundation states that medication and exercise combined should be considered part of treatment. Starting with walking on a treadmill or walking outdoors for about 10 minutes,  is a good way to start exercising if one is feeling overwhelmed. For those who are incapable of walking, using resistance bands and stretching techniques are beneficial as well. Overall physical activity is highly beneficial for those with Parkinson’s disease.

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