Bad news – Globally, Stroke is the second leading cause of death (second to Ischaemic heart disease) and accounts for over 6million deaths every year! (WHO, 2012)
GOOD NEWS – walking just 30-minutes a day, 4 to 5 days a week has a major impact on the risk of stroke. In a study published in 2010, women who walked at least 2 hours a week (think 30-minute walk, four times) were 30 percent less likely to suffer a stroke compared with non-walkers. Walking is free, but most of us do not make time for it.
The pace which you walk counts too! In the 12-year study, walking pace also played a role in preventing strokes. Those involved in the study focused on more than just a leisurely stroll—how about a brisk walk!. In fact, being able to cover 1 mile in 20 minutes was ideal. “Women who averaged this pace had a 37 percent lower risk of stroke compared with the non-walkers.” (Stroke Journal, June 2010)
Walking regularly at a moderate pace can lower blood pressure, reduce plaque buildup and inflammation in your arteries, help your blood vessels function better, and improve your blood lipid profile and insulin sensitivity. All of the above benefits that occur from walking at a moderate pace help keep your stroke risk low. By the way, walking also happens to be one of the easiest exercises around! And remember, exercise is one of God’s laws of health, and it’s as free as Grace!
“Walking, in all cases where it is possible, is the best exercise, because in walking, all the muscles are brought into action.” Ellen White, HR, July 1, 1872.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son washes us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7