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WDKX.com » Blog » 15 Exercise Reduces Stroke Risk
Dec 9th 2013 8:25 am
15 Exercise Reduces Stroke Risk

Rochester And Buffalo Athletic Clubs

Researched & Written by Robert Bovee Certified Master PPT & E/FT, PRS, MES, SNS, RTS, ETS, LSS
Regional Director of Education and Certification for Rochester and Buffalo Athletic Clubs
Corporate Wellness Director to all Rochester Athletic Clubs & Regional Advisor & Consultant to all
Professional Personal Trainers and Exercise/Fitness Therapists for Rochester and Buffalo Athletic Clubs

It's known that exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

The findings demonstrate that "one of the most simple, natural and cheapest ways of preventing a stroke is to exercise regularly". Regular, moderate exercise could decrease your risk for stroke almost by half, according to new research.

However, the newest research published in the current issue of the American Heart Association's journal shows just half an hour of moderate exercise five days a week reduces the risk for stroke by almost 25 percent. Double that effort by exercising for an hour a day for five days and the risk for stroke drops by almost another 25 percent.

So what is moderate exercise? Researchers say walking, climbing steps, biking and even dancing all count, but activities such as bowling and light housekeeping do not. Research has also found that highly active people had a 27 percent lower risk of having a stroke or dying if they had one, compared with people who got little or no physical activity. Moderately active people had 20 percent lower risk. Even though moderate activity is good, people should not stop there, "It is now established beyond reasonable doubt that high-level physical activity is to be strongly recommended".

Heart disease and stroke result from damage to small blood vessels. Physical activity protects against damage to those vessels by such means as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improving the ability of the vessels to widen when more blood flow is needed and reducing the likelihood of a clot inside a blood vessel.

For more information, please contact Robert Bovee at (585) 424-2222.