Exercise

 

Exercise is an important part of stroke prevention
Regular physical activity lowers your blood pressure, helps balance fats in your body and improves your ability to handle insulin.

Exercising will help you to lose weight
Being overweight increases your chances of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, all of which can increase your chances of stroke.

Tips for exercising:

  • Pick a form of exercise you enjoy and that you can build into your daily routine. It should make you feel warm and slightly out of breath.
  • Take it slowly at first. But aim to build up to at least 30 minutes five days a week.
  • Break up exercise into several sessions of 10, 15 or 20 minutes.
  • Warm up and cool down with several gentle stretching exercises, important for letting your heart rate return to normal after exercise.
  • Stop exercising and call your doctor if you feel dizzy, have pain in your chest or have difficulty breathing.
  • Get an exercise partner and change your routine occasionally to make exercise more interesting.
 

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