Frequent Exercise Lowers Stroke Risk
Here's a reason to be active every day: Frequent vigorous activity (strenuous enough to break a sweat) can lower your stroke risk. In a study of more than 27,000 men and women ages 45 and older, who were followed for an average of 5.7 years, those who exercised the most often—at least four times a week—were less likely to have a stroke than those who exercised the least. When the researchers focused on gender, however, they found that men benefited the most from frequent exercise when it came to stroke risk. Keep in mind: The study only focused on how often participants exercised, not how long they worked out each time. Check with your doctor before making big changes to your exercise plan.
Source: Stroke, published online July 18, 2013