Low-intensity walking may help people with Parkinson's disease improve their gait and mobility, a new study finds.
The study, presented Tuesday at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Honolulu, compared three different forms of exercise to see which was most beneficial to men and women with Parkinson's disease, which affects motor control. Researchers randomly assigned 67 people with the disease to one of three programs: a low-intensity treadmill walk for 50 minutes; a high-intensity treadmill walk for 30 minutes; and a weight and stretching regimen that included leg presses, extensions and curls. The workouts were done three times a week for three months. The study participants were tested for cardiovascular fitness.