Going for a Brisk Walk Lowers Stroke Risk

by Jodee on April 16, 2010

If you want to lower your risk of having a stroke, put on your shoes and get moving. The Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study where researchers examined the exercise records of 39,315 women working in the health care industry. The results were very interesting:

  • The participants who walked for at least two hours each week lowered their risk of stroke by 30 percent.
  • Hitting the pavement at a rate of three miles per hour or higher meant that the likelihood of having a stroke dropped by 37 percent.

Walking is a great way to get (and stay) in shape. It’s an inexpensive option; all a person needs to get started is a sturdy pair of shoes. Getting some fresh air during a walk helps to improve one’s mood, too, since it releases the body’s “feel good” hormones – endorphins.

Other Exercise Options

Walking is not the only way to get active and lower your risk of having a stroke, though. Here are some other exercise options to consider:

  • Biking
  • Dancing
  • Jogging
  • Running
  • Squash/Racquetball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Using Exercise Machines
  • Walking

Why Be Concerned About Stroke?

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It’s also the leading cause of disability in that country.

Risk Factors for Stroke

Lack of physical activity is one of the leading causes of stroke. Women need to be aware of other risk factors that may affect them, which include:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Obesity
  • Oral Contraceptives
  • Smoking

Women who choose Hormone Replacement Therapy are also at increased risk of stroke. Before starting treatment, menopausal women should discuss whether the benefits outweigh the risks. If a woman decides that this is the right choice for her, she can make a point of being physically active on a regular basis to stay healthy.

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