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Health Alert: Walk or hike to lower stroke risk

Updated: Thursday, May 8 2014, 05:35 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- Yet another reason to take a hike or at least a walk whenever possible.

It appears to lower stroke risk in both men and women.  May is Stroke Awareness Month and experts with American Heart Association want all of us to know there are things you can do to lower your risk.  For example, bringing down blood pressure and lowering salt can help.  But this new report found those who take a walk or a hike can lower risk even more.

Two new studies now suggest that you can drop stroke risk by lacing up your shoes and getting out for a walk.  The first is a British study of 3,500 men who spent time walking.  Researchers found they were less likely to suffer a stroke and the longer they walked the more that risk went down.

The second is a new finding for women who walked.  It showed they were 20 percent less likely to suffer a stoke than those who did not walk on a regular basis for exercise.  Based on these studies at least an hour a day is recommended.

An hour sounds like a lot to do in one day but you can now add up time.  So doing ten or twenty minutes at work, or use the stairs throughout the day all contributes to the hour total.  They did find those who simply stayed more active and got moving lowered stroke risk overall.

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