What is Walking?

Category: Exercises

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Walking is a moderate form of physical activity that can have important health benefits.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 449 149
Stiffness 104 21
Fibromyalgia 82 30
Stiffness/spasticity 37 16
Improve mobility 34 17

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 11
Moderate 38
Mild 66
None 143

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Walking

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 20
Muscle soreness 13
Muscle strain 6
Joint pain 5
Pain in knee(s) 5
Pain in lower back 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently doing Walking

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 29
weekly 7
as needed 5
30 min daily 4
60 min daily 2
three times daily 2
twice daily 2
1 hr daily 1
20 min every other week 1
20 min weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Walking

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 43
Side effects too severe 16
Did not seem to work 9
I didn't have enough time 8
Doctor's advice 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently doing Walking

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 42

Stopped doing Walking

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 58
Usually 130
Sometimes 58
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 23
Somewhat hard to take 54
A little hard to take 100
Not at all hard to take 81
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 140
Not specified 113
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29 patient evaluations for Walking

Apr 20, 2020 (Started Jul 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I walk 30 minutes after each meal. It has been great to keep my blood sugar level and my weight stable. Highly recommend!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 30, 2016 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for slow movement (bradykinesia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for balance problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for increased energy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, muscle strain, muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: As of Sept 1, 2010, I am lumping walking together with the other aerobic exercise I do - running, exercise bike, elliptical. If you're having trouble walking, you're likely to walk less. If you fear walking by yourself, you're likely to walk less. So your walking will get worse, you'll have more trouble with it, and you'll walk less. You can end up in a downward spiral. So you've got to break the cycle. There are several ways to do it. Many people who freeze while walking can still walk on a treadmill. And you can always hold on to the rails while walking on it. So practicing walking on a treadmill can help. If you don't have access to a treadmill, you can try walking stairs (if you are one of those who doesn't have a problem with stairs). Always hold on to the rails when you do stairs, however. If you don't have stairs, or can't do them, there are two other things you can try. You can clear a space in your house or on your driveway, and put obstacles on it to step over. Most PWP find that even if they have trouble walking, it's usually easier if they step over something. The "something" can be shoes, rolled-up newspapers, blocks, pieces of wood. Walk back and forth, stepping over the obstacles. Try varying the distance between the obstacles. Once you have been walking over them for five or ten minutes, you'll usually find it easier to walk and may be able to walk short distances without the obstacles. Another thing you can do is to get a walker (a rollator), and practice walking using it (in a mall, on your driveway, around your neighborhood on the sidewalk).
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle soreness, muscle strain, fatigue

Oct 17, 2009 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for slow movement (bradykinesia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for balance problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, muscle strain, muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Walking can be either standard walking or racewalking. The latter is more strenuous than jogging at the same speed, but without the pounding of running or jogging. Once you're in good shape, it's a nice change to try racewalking for a few hundred yards in the middle of a walking workout. It also helps your speed, which is probably something all of us Parkinson's patients could use.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle soreness, muscle strain, fatigue

Aug 23, 2009 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for balance problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, muscle strain, muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Treatments and drugs can interact with each other. In my case, there was a positive interaction with walking, Mirapex, and Azilect. See "About Me" in my profile. In late 2008, when I walked fast for several minutes (during exercise) I often tended to freeze, and would have to stop walking. A few months later, when I started to freeze I would be able to continue walking, just slower for a few minutes, and then resume. By Oct of 2009 even if I started to freeze while running fast, I would be able to slow down (still running) and keep from freezing. I believe that pushing yourself - hard - on a regular basis (once a week or so) can help alleviate your symptoms and improve you functioning.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle soreness, muscle strain, fatigue

Aug 16, 2009 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for balance problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, muscle strain, muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle soreness, muscle strain, fatigue

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 23, 2011 (Started Jun 16, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks
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