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One Step At A time

Friday April 04, 2014

Hikers (1)Walking improves stamina, energy, heart health, strength, and balance. As a form of exercise walking may even alter the physical and brain changes that occur with Parkinson’s over time. Walking can also help the mind and the soul. Research tells us that exercise including simply just walking, can protect our thinking abilities as we get older and protect from disease…

  • Reduce cognitive decline that can happen with aging
  • Reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease a form of dementia that attacks memory and thinking skills
  • Reduce the decline executive function in Parkinson’s.  

No ImageWalking can also be good for our emotions and our soul. We have long known that exercise can help our mood and treat depression.  

Take the step towards better stamina, strength, mood energy and balance. Choose one of the following activities and fight the changes of PD one step at a time. I will:

  1. Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  2. Park my car and walk the extra distance to the store, work, etc
  3. Walk my dog around the block
  4. Get a pedometer and count my steps. To do this simply wear the pedometer every day for one week and record the number of steps you take each day. Set a new goal for the following weeks to increase these steps by 10 or 20%.
  5. Plan a walk in the park instead of the movies. A walk in the park is like getting a double dose of therapy.

John Muir, a naturalist and nature lover once wrote,

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

Monique L. Giroux, MDMonique L. Giroux, MD
Medical Director, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation

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