More benefits of brisk walk­ing

Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH FLASH -

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.

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