Day 94: Cycling may ease symptoms of Parkinson’s

7 04 2010

As most people know, there are many benefits to cycling. It can be environmentally friendly, it’s good exercise, it helps improve coordination and strength, it can relieve stress and it’s fun! But one benefit I didn’t know about until this week is cycling may help alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. A doctor in the Netherlands found that patients who were severely affected by Parkinson’s symptoms and were unable to walk could ride a bicycle for miles. Dr. Bastiaan R. Bloem of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands isn’t sure if it’s because cycling uses a different part of the brain than walking, or because the nervous system is affected differently due to the pressure of the person’s feet on the pedals. And while bicycling doesn’t cure patients, Dr. Bloem hopes that regular exercise may delay the progress of Parkinson’s. The human body is a curious machine.

Today’s starting weight: 150

— Chocolate, peanut butter, banana smoothie = 385 cal.

— Low-fat PB&J on whole wheat = 398
— Vitamin Water Zero = 0

— Grilled chicken breast = 120
— 1 cup couscous = 176
— Salad with raspberry viniagrette = 50
— 2 dinner rolls = 400
— Iced tea = 0

— Small package Rold Gold pretzels (afternoon snack) = 230
— Low fat chocolate pudding (evening snack) = 60

— Walked 1.25 miles, 30 minutes, 3.5 mph average = 83 calories burned

Life is a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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