The evidence stacks up for exercise

Dr Kieran BreenRecently I've been inspired by people with Parkinson's up and down the UK who are getting active.

Our local groups are doing everything from tai chi to tango, members are getting into Nintendo Wii, and people like former professional sportsman Ian Taylor are even hitting the headlines.

We've known exercise is good for us for decades. But over the last few weeks, research revealing the remarkable effect exercise has on our brains has been coming in thick and fast…

But we need more research to make sure we get the most from exercise. We don't yet know what types of exercise work best, how often and for how long people should train, or how long the benefits last.

I'm confident that research will answer these questions. In the meantime, I'm off to the gym…

Dr Kieran Breen is Director of Research and Development at the Parkinson's Disease Society

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