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Walking - Can Lower Risk of Strokes

Posted Aug 04 2008 7:14pm

In a study done atCooper Aerobics Centerin Dallas, researchers determined that being moderately fit can reduce your risk of suffering a stroke.  Moderately fit was defined as one who walks briskly at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

The ones involved in the research study were asked to take a treadmill test and answered some health surveys.  Based on the results, the individuals were divided into 4 groups and tracked for 18 years to see how many actually suffered from strokes over that time period.  The results showed that 692 strokes occurred in men and 171 women suffered from strokes. ( only a quarter of the study group were women)

These results concluded that men who were in the fit group, that walked at least 5 times per day, had a 40 percent lower risk of stroke than those that were not fit.  The fittest women had a reduction of 43 percent in having strokes as compared to the less fit women.  Even when taking into consideration other risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and family history, the reduced risks were still consistent.

It was proven that a mere 30 minutes a day could reduce your risk of having a stroke.  If you do not have a tread mill, not to worry, put on your walking shoes and head outside for a walk.  Walk your dog or walk with your kids or spouse.  Enjoy some quality time with your family as you exercise.  A brisk 30 minute walk can prove to be a life saver and the best decision you ever made.

Until next time,

Dr. Daisy

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