Thursday, April 22, 2010

Walking May Help Prevent Strokes

Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)

Walking may well be one of the best exercises out there. It's not strenuous, it's low-impact and if you walk for long enough, it can blast a ton of fat. Not only is walking an easy way to lose weight and stay in shape, but it also gives your heart a great workout. It's this part that has researchers excited about the benefits of walking when it comes to stroke prevention.

According to a new study, women who walked for a total of two hours or more each week had a significantly lower risk of stroke than those who walked less than two hours a week. That adds up to an easily doable 20 minutes per day!

On the whole, the women who were the most active were 17% less likely to suffer from a stroke than less active women or those who walked at a slower pace. According to Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health "The bottom line is that this study provides another piece of evidence for why people should move and get off the couch."

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "
Can walking help guard against stroke?" from Reuters Health (Apr. 21, 2010).