Exercise Tied to Stroke Reduction

New Orleans Coroner, Dr. Dwight McKenna, wants you to know that
you have a greater chance of having a stroke if you sit for long
periods of time.

McKenna says, spending more free time seated combined with a lack of
exercise is associated with an increased risk of stroke in adults.
How much sitting is too much? Experts say sedentary leisure time is
defined as 8 or more hours of sitting a day and low physical activity is
defined as less than 3.5 hours per week.

Dr. McKenna says, exactly how much physical activity offers
protection is unclear, but regular exercise may be the key
because it helps with blood flow, inflammation and so much more.

“Even small amounts of physical activity, like walking 3 hours a week
for example, could help,” McKenna says. With the holidays upon us, it’s
a good idea to limit eating too much harmful foods and to consider taking walks
after meals, playing with your pets, or going to the gym. After all, every
little bit helps.