Don’t use the heat as an excuse. You can always climb stairs in an air-conditioned office building or run over to the gym. Or, if you’re lucky enough to be out of town, jump in the lake for a long, glorious, vigorous swim.
In any case, you should do something. According to new research, breaking a sweat while exercising regularly may reduce your risk of stroke. You’ve heard it before. But it’s worth restating. Why wouldn’t you run around a little a few times a week to possibly avoid the horrible physical ordeal of a stroke? Particularly if you live in a part of the country known for its high stroke rate? But enough nagging.
The new, NIH-funded study of more than 27,000 Americans, 45 years and older who were followed for an average of 5.7 years, was published today in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Most participants, equally divided between men and women, black and white, lived in regions of the southeastern U.S., known as “the stroke belt.”
From the AHA news release:
- One-third of participants reported being inactive, exercising less than once a week.
- Inactive people were 20 percent more likely to experience a stroke or mini-stroke than those who exercised at moderate to vigorous intensity (enough to break a sweat) at least four times a week.