The local adage galaw-galaw, baka ma-stroke (get moving or risk getting a stroke) isn't just an empty expression. In fact, a report on Science Daily proves that it actually has empirical basis.

Using data from the previous study Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke, Dr. Michelle N. McDonnell from the University of South Australia and her colleagues analyzed the medical history of over 30,000 participants, factoring in their body mass index, blood pressure levels, and the amount of physical activity they engaged in. Follow-ups were made every six months.

After 5.7 years, results showed that that those who lived sedentary lifestyles were 20 percent more likely to suffer a stroke as compared with those who exercised for at least four times a week. This was partly due to the fact that physical activity also helped lower stroke risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.

So make it a point to regularly exercise. Not only will it make you feel good about yourself, but you'll also be protected from many diseases and conditions brought about by physical inactivity.


(Photo by tim & annette via sxc.hu)

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