Medium Speed Walking could lower Stroke Risk


You do not need to become a marathon runner or triathlete to reduce the risk of stroke. You only have to walk at medium speed.

The researchers discovered that women who said that they walked briskly having 7 percent lower stroke risk than those who rarely walk. Those who walked at least two hours a week with any speed has a 30 percent lower risk of stroke. According to new study Harvard School of Public Health as quoted from Nydailynews, Friday (9/4/2010).

“Of course this condition also includes running for a certain time and also run fast,” said Jacob Sattelmair, lead author of the study which was published in the American Heart Association Stroke journal.

The study also looked at people who take part in activities like running, swimming and cycling, but did not see the same connection between these energetic workout with a reduced risk of stroke. This may mean not strong enough to conclude that energetic exercise better at lowering blood pressure, the researchers said. However, variations of moderate exercise is better in reducing blood pressure.

Please note, in addition to high blood pressure, stroke risk factors including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Previous research has established that effective physical activity reduce the stroke risk. This study focused specifically on the types of exercises that benefit on women.

“I think what is encouraging effective in moderate activity reduces the risk of stroke,” said Dr. Anand Rohatgi, cardiologists of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas told by The Associated Press.