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MDS 2021 | Optimal exercise routine for patients with Parkinson’s disease: what does the evidence say?

Daniel Corcos, PhD, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, outlines evidence-based exercise recommendations for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Firstly, high-intensity endurance exercise should be introduced as a foundational aspect of PD treatment. Substantial evidence from major clinical trials shows that this type of exercise for 30 minutes, 3-4 times per week, may slow disease progression. Resistance exercise is also able to improve disease symptoms and growing evidence indicates it may act to improve cognition. Finally, Dr Corcos outlines the importance of exercise for postural stability and balance, which can include yoga, dancing, or tai chi. This interview took place during the 2021 International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.