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Exercise in Leisure Time Reduces Stroke Risk

separator How do you spend most of your leisure time? Are you outside doing yard work, jogging through the neighborhood, playing ball with your kids?

If you are, that’s good, because a recent study has shown that the more active people are in their leisure time, the less likely they are to have a stroke. In the study, the people who reported high levels of vigorous activity (running, swimming, heavy gardening) for at least three hours per week had a 26 percent lower risk of stroke than people who reported low levels of activity (reading, watching television). For people who reported a moderate level of activity (walking, cycling, light gardening), the risk was 14 percent lower.

Stroke is the number three cause of death of Americans. Even when stroke doesn’t cause death, it can result in loss of ability to walk or speak.

Stroke, Journal of the American Heart Association, September 2005.
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