Stroke by the Numbers: Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States responsible for more than 140,000 deaths annually and is the number one leading cause of disability. More than 795,000 strokes occur each year (an occurrence of one every 40 seconds). 75% are first attacks. An individual’s risk of stroke doubles each decade after the age of 55 and ¾ of stokes afflict men and women aged 65 or older each year. Do we have your attention?
Reducing the Risk of Stroke: High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke so controlling blood pressure is critical to prevention. The risk of stroke could be reduced by as much as 70% in individuals who walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day according to the American Heart Association. That is 5 miles and at TrekDesk we have been emphasizing that is the minimum recommended amount. The more you can stay in motion during the day the less your risk of stroke.
Stroke Management: What can be done if you have had a stroke? First, follow your doctor’s recommendations to the letter. Be certain to quiz your physician as to how soon and how much exercise such as walking you may undertake. Just six months of exercise improves language, memory, thinking and judgment according to studies presented at the 2012 Canadian Stroke Congress.
“People who have cognitive deficits after stroke have a threefold risk of mortality, and they’re more likely to be institutionalized,” stated researcher Susan Marzolini of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute who conducted the study submitted to the Congress. “If we can improve cognition through exercise, which also has many physical benefits, then this should become a standard of care for people following stroke.” Their research found “significant improvements” in overall brain function of individuals engaged in an exercise regimen over a six month period which involved walking and strength training.
“These healthy lifestyle studies emphasize how important it is to exercise and stay active after stroke,” says Dr. Mark Bayley, Co-Chair of the Canadian Stroke Congress and Medical Director of the Neurological Rehabilitation Program at Toronto Rehab. “By doing so, we can increase our chances of a better outcome after stroke.”
The challenge for many is finding time to fit adequate amounts of exercise into a busy schedule. That is where a TrekDesk Treadmill Desk may be an asset.
Designed to fit any existing treadmill, TrekDesk treadmill desk is an affordable, full sized, height adjustable workstation that allows individuals the opportunity to gain the necessary amount of exercise daily to maintain health, reduce stress, prevent disease, strengthen muscles, boost mood and productivity, without requiring additional time during the day or extra motivation. Wondering how to workout at work? TrekDesk offers the solution.
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