More data about the benefits of exercise for staving off serious chronic disease, in this case Parkinson’s, which affects about 1% of all adults over 60. Importantly, this was a randomized, controlled clinical trial and not a survey relying upon recall by either patient or a family member.

Unlike the overwhelming majority of wellness-related studies in the U.S., this falls into the category of real science. The next step for these researchers will be to track the exercise habits of Parkinson’s patients and see how their fitness and mortality change over time. A challenging study to do…it will take years…but, it’s the next logical step.

High-intensity exercise three times a week is safe for individuals with early-stage Parkinson’s disease and decreases worsening of the disease’s symptoms, according to results of a study published in the Dec. 11 issue of JAMA Neurology.

Participants enrolled in the Study in Parkinson Disease of Exercise (SPARX) were at an early stage of the disease and not taking Parkinson’s disease medication, ensuring the results of the study were related to the exercise and not affected by medication.

High-intensity exercise delays Parkinson’s progression