How does activity level impact stroke risk?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 14, 2022

How does sedentary behavior impact the risk of stroke? A recent study supports the therapeutic use of increased movement as a way of preventing stroke.

Study Summary

This study, which included 7607 adults (45+), concluded that:

  • Increased amounts of time spent exercising, whether light-intensity or moderate-to-vigorous intensity, were associated with lower stroke risk.
  • Increased time spent sedentary was associated with an increased stroke risk.
  • Individuals who spent 13+ hours sedentary daily, were at a 44% increased risk of stroke compared to those with less time spent sedentary.

The Hearty Take

At Hearty, we know that both physical activity and avoiding sedentary behavior are cornerstones of health. Too much time spent sedentary increases the risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and more. To prevent the onset of disease, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends both ≥150 minutes of moderate-intensity or ≥75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, and strength training for at least 2 days a week. Want to build an exercise habit? Reach out to your health coach.

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