Walking and PD

-by Larry Levine

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could find an exercise routine that didn’t require spending money or traveling somewhere to participate, that could be done alone or with others and, most of all, was highly enjoyable and beneficial?  Well, look no further as we have an exercise regimen made for you.

It is walking.

Yes, you heard us right, walking is something that fulfills all the above and in addition has been known to do no harm.

Prior to Jane being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease ten years ago we had a rigorous exercise routine.  Since Parkinson’s has entered our lives, the routine has been modified and now is centered on a daily brisk walk of 1 ¼- 1 ½ miles.  This year despite some serious weather problems, we missed only 5 days without our daily walk.

In good weather, we leave our house at 7:45 AM and return 45 minutes later.  Our normal route takes us into Central Park.  Once there, we encounter a diverse route including hills, steps, people and loads of dogs.  The latter are allowed off their leash until 9:00AM and can best be described as moving obstacles.  The changing seasons change the personality of the park and make the journey different every day.

In not such good weather, we simply walk around our block six times.  This works out to a 1 ¼ mile trip that is not as exciting, but still has its share of excitement.  We get to dodge the people running to catch the Lexington Avenue bus and experience their dismay as the doors close in their faces.  Another challenge is the dog owners who feel it is beneath them to pick up after their dog and leave little deposits on the sidewalk.  Fortunately, there are few of them to contend with.

As the commercial says…”try it, you will like it,” we recommend that you try walking.