New research published Sunday in the journal Stroke reveals that walking at least three hours a week reduces the risk of stroke among women.
The finding comes from yet another study highlighting the health benefits of doing exercise on a consistent basis.
The study involved questioning a total of 33,000 men and women aged 29 to 69 about the amount of physical activity they did between 1992 and 1996, and then following them up until 2006 to evaluate how many cardiovascular complications arose.
They found that women who did at least 210 minutes of walking every week were less likely to develop a stroke than those who didn't do much physical activity, as well as females who did high intensity cardio.
At the end of the follow-up period, the researchers counted the total number of strokes among men and women, which totaled to 442. Further analysis showed that women who walked more than three hours a week were 43 percent less likely to develop a stroke compared to those who didn't do any physical activity.
However this weekly walking benefit was not linked to a lower stroke risk among males, and could be attributed to the fact that the men who entered this study were, on average, in better shape.
Lead author, José María of the Murcia Regional Health Authority in Spain said: "The message for the general population remains similar: regularly engaging in moderate recreational activity is good for your health."
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