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Study finds that activity through daily tasks is more beneficial to reduce motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease compared with exercise.


Due to the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease on motor functions, patients generally reduce their physical activity, with a tendency toward a sedentary lifestyle.

A new study published in the journal Parkinsonism & Related Disorders set out to determine the effect of physical activity during daily tasks (non-exercise physical activity), or physical activity through exercise on Parkinson’s disease patient’s motor functioning. A total of 48 Parkinson’s patients reported on their physical activity and motor symptom severity over a 4-week period.

The study reported an association between reduced levels of non-exercise physical activity and more severe motor symptoms. The researchers suggest the possibility that sedentary behaviour in Parkinson’s patients can have an effect on their motor symptoms, suggesting that increasing activity even through daily tasks can have beneficial effects on motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. In this study, daily activity was more beneficial to patients than exercise activity, in terms of motor functioning.

Overall the study suggests that Parkinson’s disease patients should aim to spend less time sitting, and more time engaged in daily activities, which may help to improve their motor symptoms.



Snider, J, Müller, MLTM, Kotagal, V, Koeppe, RA, Scott, PJH, Frey, KA, Albin, RL, Bohnen, NI. “Non-exercise physical activity attenuates motor symptoms in Parkinson disease independent from nigrostriatal degeneration” Parkinsonism & Related Disorders Publication stage: In Press Corrected Proof








Written by Deborah Tallarigo, PhD

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