Walk this way
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
Scurrying to work can be good for you, if you do it regularly. A study says moderate levels of aerobic fitness can significantly reduce the risk of stroke.
Steven Hooker of the University of South Carolina says the more aerobic activity people do each day, the less likely they are to suffer a stroke. He bases that on 18 years of data on about 60,000 people who were stroke-free at the start.
Want to know which activities can be the most helpful? Hooker advises:
“Get up off the couch; take a walk on a regular basis, try to find something that you enjoy doing and do it, as far as physical activity is concerned.” (6 seconds)
The study was presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2008 and supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Last revised: May 7, 2011