A variety of health factors can impact stroke risk, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. Some lifestyle choices can help reduce the likelihood of developing health conditions that lead to an increased risk of stroke.
One of the main ways to stay healthy and reduce risk of stroke is through routine exercise.
Maribeth Gee, a Physical Therapist at Unity Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, provides a week-long workout routine that, when followed, can increase your activity level to help reduce risk of stroke and improve your health.
The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.
Setting a goal to complete these exercises can help to decrease your risk for stroke and cardiovascular disease.
“If any of these exercises cause any significant pain or discomfort, discontinue the exercise and follow up with your healthcare provider or physical therapist for further recommendations,” Gee said.
Walk for 15 minutes twice throughout the day.
Perform the following exercises for 12-15 reps. Perform 3 sets.
Perform the following exercises for 12-15 repetitions. Perform 3 sets.
Try to challenge yourself today! Perform each exercise for 6 repetitions. Do these exercises next to a counter or sturdy surface and use as needed to ensure your safety.
Complete the following exercises holding for 30 seconds each. You should feel a mild discomfort indicating a stretch sensation. Repeat each exercise 3 times.
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