What is Walking?

Category: Exercises

Most popular types: Walking and Stretching Walking Dog Walking outdoors Show all

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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 345 120
exercise 86 41
Fibromyalgia 70 23
Stiffness 57 12
Improve mobility 28 15
Stiffness/Spasticity 24 11

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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
Severe 10
Moderate 32
Mild 56
None 114

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Walking

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 15
Soreness 10
Joint pain 6
Muscle strain 5
Pain in knees 5
Foot and ankle injuries 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently doing Walking

Dosage Patients
daily 49
as needed 11
weekly 9
20 min daily 6
30 min daily 6
45 min daily 3
3 hr weekly 2
1 hr daily 2
30 min weekly 2
15 min daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Walking

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 40
Side effects too severe 14
Did not seem to work 9
I didn't have enough time 8
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently doing Walking

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 43

Stopped doing Walking

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 49
Usually 109
Sometimes 46
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 42
A little hard to take 85
Not at all hard to take 65
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 5
< $25 122
Not specified 84
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29 patient evaluations for Walking

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StrkL
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StrkL
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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May 30, 2016 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increased energy)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Slowness)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Balance problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Soreness, Muscle strain, Fatigue)
  • 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 strain, Soreness, Fatigue

Oct 17, 2009 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Slowness)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Balance problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Soreness, Muscle strain, Fatigue)
  • 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 strain, Soreness, 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 (Soreness, Muscle strain, Fatigue)
  • 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 strain, Soreness, 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 (Soreness, Muscle strain, Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Muscle strain, Soreness, Fatigue

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Hope_In_Christ
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Hope_In_Christ
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 28
Condition: Central Sensitivity Syndrome 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Central Sensitivity Syndrome

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Jun 23, 2011 (Started Jun 16, 2011)

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

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sandhouse
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sandhouse
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Little
Stickman: all
Description:F32y
CFS:7y Dx
FM:6y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Apr 6, 2011 (Started Oct 20, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 1, 2011 (Started Oct 20, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 9, 2011 (Started Oct 20, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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