Physical Activity in Early Parkinson Disease

J Parkinsons Dis. 2018;8(1):107-111. doi: 10.3233/JPD-171218.


Background: Physical activity and exercise improve outcomes in Parkinson disease (PD), however little is known about activity levels in early PD patients.

Objective and methods: We examined self-reported activity scores and examined associations with clinical characteristics in 383 PD subjects and 175 healthy controls from the Parkinson Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI).

Results: Activity scores were 8% lower for PD subjects than HC (162.6±86.2 vs 175.0±78.5, p = 0.10). Higher scores were associated with younger age and male sex. Only 47% of PD subjects and 44% of HC reported activity consistent with standard recommendations for adults.

Conclusions: Our findings highlight the need to encourage exercise even in early PD.

Keywords: Disease progression; Parkinson Progression Markers Initiative; Parkinson disease; physical activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parkinson Disease*
  • Resistance Training
  • Self Report