Exercise Levels and Stroke Risk in Women

According to the National Stroke Association, 425,000 women in the United States suffer a stroke each year. Regular moderate-intensity exercise, such as speed walking can cut stroke risk by 20%.

The research looked at stroke incidence and physical activity levels. The women with reduced risk had participated in moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 3 years prior to study participation.

The researchers also found that exercise mitigated stroke danger among postmenopausal women taking hormone therapy. According to the study, this group has a 30% higher risk of having a stroke than women who have not used hormone therapy.

The effects of physical activity and hormone therapy appear immediate and the benefits of physical activity are consistent in premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Women do not have to do an extreme boot camp to get the benefits.

Resource: IDEA Fitness Journal

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