I was diagnosed with PD over five years ago and have resisted taking much medication, preferring to investigate other methods of staying mobile. Eight weeks ago, having reread John Pepper's book 'Reverse Parkinson's Disease' I set out to power walk for 20 minutes. Looking back, no one would have recognised my pace as 'power walking', but I did it three times a week, gradually increasing my session duration over the next few weeks as I felt able, until I am now walking for 45 minutes, covering a distance of 2.75 miles which is about 3.7 miles an hour! I'm staggered that I'm doing a pace I wouldn't have dreamed of last year. On top of that my voice surprises me with its strength and people keep remarking that I look better than I have for a long time. All I say is TRY IT! Start with ten minutes, pushing yourself just beyond your comfort zone, then, after two weeks (six sessions), try 15 minutes etc. I'm so glad I started power walking. Try it!
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