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Walking May Decrease Stroke Risk in Women

By January 6, 2013

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Do you walk everyday? I mean really walk for exercise? If you do not, you should.

A recent study published in the journal Stroke found that women who walked at least three hours per week were less likely to suffer from a stroke when compared to those who did not walk or exercise.

The researchers in the study gathered data from 33,000 participants, both men and women. Questions were asked of each participant about exercise habits between 1992 and 1996, and the subjects were followed until 2006 to evaluate the number of cardiovascular complications that developed.

The researchers found that women who walked at least 210 minutes per week were significantly less likely to have a stroke when compared to men and non-exercising women.

Previous studies have shown the benefits of exercise in both men and women in the prevention of cardiovascular problems like stroke.

If you currently do not exercise, perhaps you should consult your doctor and start to engage in regular physical activity. Your local physical therapist is a movement expert who can assist you in setting up a fitness program specific to your needs.

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