Find out more about the new exercise recommendations for Parkinson’s disease.
How much exercise should people with Parkinson’s disease do each week?
Author: Simge Eva DoganPublished: 24 June 2021
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US charity Parkinson’s Foundation and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have shared new exercise recommendations for people living with Parkinson’s disease.
The release of the guidelines followed a meeting hosted by Parkinson’s Foundation, which brought together experts in fields including exercise, physical therapy and medicine – and the recommendations are built upon the ACSM’s science-based standards for exercise testing and prescription.
The guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week across four types of fitness activities: aerobic; strength training; balance, agility and multitasking; and stretching. They also suggest that people with Parkinson’s should consult a physical therapist specialising in the condition for an individual evaluation.
John Lehr, president and CEO of Parkinson’s Foundation, said: “As a leader in driving better health outcomes and quality of life for people with Parkinson’s, these exercise recommendations are an important framework to ensure the [Parkinson’s] community is receiving safe and effective exercise program and instruction.”
For more information on the latest Parkinson’s disease research, please visit Parkinson’s Europe website.
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