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Early PD and vigorous exercise

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Hello -

In mid-December 2017 many articles appeared saying a new study found vigorous exercise seems to be neuroprotective for people in the earlier stages of PD.  Here's a link to the study and here's a link to a good article in the NYT.  By vigorous they mean 80-85% of maximum heartrate on the treadmill 4 times a week.

Well, that inspired me to join a gym.  Right now I'm not doing the treadmill - I'm doing spin classes and will probably branch out to other cardio classes.  80-85% heart rate for me is about 150 beats per minute.  Whew, that seems high, especially to sustain.  But, according to the article, people who did this sort of intense exercise for 6 months showed no worsening in PD symptoms. 

I'm wondering if others have been inspired to take up vigorous exercise after reading about this.  What kinds of exercise works for you, what does your doctor say, have any problems arisen? 

Happy New Year!

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I have been doing treadmill about more than 2 yrs , heart beats in 130-150 ranges 1hour,  5days a week. I  have been doing well, PD symptoms are pretty stable since being diagnosed. I also add playing ping pong with the machine, bouncing basket ball on wall/floor on my PD hand for 10-15 min. Fibit is one of the best thing to keep me motivated. Just want to share my exercise routine, anything that would make you sweat and stick with it is good. Good luck.


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All exercise is beneficial...you have to know what you can do...if someone hasn't exercised regularly it's not going to be easy to start a vigorous exercise program. You don't want to get discouraged.

Find something you love to do - it makes it easier to stick with it. 

I'm not an expert...just my experience so far... 

Keep moving!!


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