Source: Parkinsons.org 18.01.22
Researchers in the Netherlands have discovered that regular exercise may improve Parkinson’s symptoms by creating connections between areas of the brain affected by the condition. The research involved a study called Park-in-Shape that compared the benefits of vigorous exercise to stretching over six months.
One-hundred-and-thirty people took part, with half cycling on a stationary bike and the other half stretching, three times a week for 30-45 minutes. People in the exercise group were instructed to cycle at 50-80% of heart rate reserve.
The study highlighted that strenuous exercise may change the structure and function of the brain. After six months, people in the exercise group developed more connections between important brain areas and performed better on cognitive tests. Similar benefits were not seen in the stretching group.