Even a Little Daily Exercise Cuts Your Stroke Risk

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According to a recent assessment, compared to a sedentary lifestyle, even a small amount of physical activity can considerably lower the risk of stroke. Researchers have found that even people who exercise less than the recommended amounts still have a lower risk of stroke than people who never exercise.

According to the study, achieving the highest recommended level of physical activity can really lower the risk of stroke by 29%. A mere 18% reduction in risk can be achieved by participating in physical activity that is below the targets.

The study team, under the direction of Raffaele Ornello, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of L’Aquila in Italy, stressed the significance of motivating people to include physical activity in their daily lives, even if it is only a small amount. Their analysis, which aggregated information from 15 prior studies with an average of over 752,000 persons followed for over ten years, shows that recreational physical activity at all levels is beneficial for preventing strokes.

When compared to no exercise, moderate physical activity was found to reduce the risk of stroke by 27% to 29%, even if it falls short of the recommended limits. These advantages held true for a variety of demographics, indicating that everyone can benefit from whatever level of leisure physical activity they can manage.

The study, which was published on March 5 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, supports global recommendations that call for 150 minutes or 75 minutes a week of moderate-to-intense physical exercise. Vigorous activities include swimming, jogging, and heavy yard work, while moderate-intensity activities include dance, gardening, cycling, and brisk walking.

The results support the World Health Organization’s stance that physical activity of any kind is preferable to none at all. Therefore, motivating people to partake in even a small amount of physical activity will help prevent strokes.



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