Exercise in Leisure Time Reduces Stroke Risk
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
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
Journal of the American Heart Association, September 2005.