Lives Made Better | Summer 2011

Start Strolling
to Beat Stroke

Walking at least two hours a week could lower your chance of a stroke. And stepping at a brisk pace may help even more, reports a recent study of nearly 40,000 women ages 45 and older.

Women who walked two or more hours weekly lowered stroke risk by 30 percent. Those who kept the pace up— about 3 to 4 miles an hour—dropped their risk by 37 percent.

To help keep your heart healthy, the American Heart Association suggests 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous activity weekly. Thirty minutes five days a week is a good goal. But you can also break daily activity into 10- to 15-minute segments. Walking is a simple activity to start and one you’re likely to stick with—it’s free, easy, social, and flexible.

Source: Stroke, vol. 41