A new study published in the journal Stroke, released April 6th, 2010 confirms previous study findings that regular walking, such as that allowed at work by TrekDesk treadmill desks, significantly reduces the risk of stroke in women. Previous studies have shown that daily walking reduces the risk of stroke in men and women alike.

Stroke continues to be a major public health concern, with more than 750,000 new strokes occurring each year in the United States. It is the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer and the leading neurologic cause of long-term disability, For purposes of this article we are focusing on the a major preventative measure against stroke: walking.

The Women’s Health Study focused on data compiled from 39,315 female health professionals averaging 54 years in age over a period of approximately 12 years. Women walking at least two hours of more per week were shown to have a 30 percent lower risk of any type of stroke and a 57% reduced risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

"Physical activity, including regular walking, is an important modifiable behavior for stroke prevention," stated Jacob R. Sattelmair, from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. "Though the exact relationship among different types of physical activity and different stroke subtypes remains unclear, the results of this specific study indicate that walking, in particular, is associated with lower risk of stroke." 

Previous studies have already illustrated that walking can reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease and a wide spectrum of other diseases as well, even among existing overweight populations which represents the majority of the American adult population.

Long term health benefits are gained by keeping the body in motion during the day and studies have shown moderate activity may be more effective than vigorous or strenuous exercise since individuals are more likely to stay with a program of walking as they age causing less injury, pain or stress to the body.

Sometimes the simplest answers are the most overlooked. We evolved over hundreds of thousands of years to stay in motion during the day, not to sit all day in cars and chairs. In regards to this specific study TrekDesk treadmill desks could be an important preventative tool in the battle against stroke, the third highest cause of death in America and the number one cause of disability. 

The challenge for most men and women is finding the time during the day to walk the allotted minimum 10.000 steps per day (5 miles) to maintain optimum health. Most have occupations that require prolonged sedentary periods in their day, however TrekDesk Treadmill desks allow them to walk slowly while they work and achieve their health goals in as little as 3 hours.