A study conducted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke and reported in the Science Daily showed that stroke risk increases by 20 percent among people who are physically inactive compared to those who exercised regularly from four or more times a week. Victoria Howard, Ph.D., a professor of epidemiology in UAB and senior study author said these results showed that intense physical activity was able to “impact on traditional risk factors such as hypertension and diabetes” thus reducing the possibility of stroke.
Everyone knows that exercise is good for the health, and the study confirmed what most people knew all along: physical activity can minimize the risk of stroke. In Dunwoody where people go out for the Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays to enjoy Mexican food, fries, wraps, and other mouth-watering food, sweating out all that cholesterol and calories is a must. This is all the more reason, to join a nearby Dunwoody fitness center like Fitness Together.
Here are some shocking facts about strokes. Each year 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke. Almost 75 percent of this number is a first occurrence, and the rest are repeat strokes. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US, and more than 140,000 die from it. Most importantly, strokes can and do occur at any age.
Exercise reduces stroke risk by the same amount it reduces heart disease risks. Howard said it's important that this is emphasized by doctors during routine checkups along with the basic information on how physical activity affects the risks of stroke including obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. A regular and well-managed personal training or exercise program in a fitness studio will definitely help minimize the possibility of stroke.
To stay healthy and fit, it's important that you keep to your ideal weight which considers your height, bone structure and age. Obesity contributes to most stroke risk factors so it’s important that you maintain the right weight. Losing as little as ten pounds can be enough to improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and enhance overall health, and engaging in physical activity will do just that.
The UAB study showed that men who exercised four or more times a week had a lower stroke risk (the relationship between stroke and frequency of exercise was less clear in women). Exercise lowers blood pressure, increases “good” cholesterol, and improves the condition of your blood vessels and heart. Whether you engage in sports or choose an exercise program that's suited to your goals and incorporates strength, cardio and nutrition, you're definitely on the right track.
Knowing what exercise can do for you, it's now time to talk to a Dunwoody personal training staff to learn about the kind, frequency and intensity of exercise you need to get yourself in shape. A complete fitness solution is the key to a long and stroke-free life.