More benefits of brisk walking
We often write in these pages about the benefits of brisk walking. It reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, and also improves bone health. And now scientists say that brisk walking may improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. A study published in ‘Neurology’ found that people with mild to moderate Parkinson’s who walk regularly may improve their motor function, mood, energy level, fitness and some aspects of thinking abilities. The results may offer hope to people with Parkinson’s who do not have dementia and are able to walk independently without a cane or walker. However, since people with Parkinson’s often have balance and gait challenges, it’s important to get a doctor’s okay before starting a walking programme.