Why You Should be Walking More

Walking is the great unsung hero of the exercise world …

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One of the simplest exercises – going for a brisk walk – can improve physical fitness and quality of life for people who have had a stroke, a study suggests.

What do we know already?

The effects of a stroke can be long-lasting. Some people have permanent disabilities and need ongoing care. Others have less severe problems but continue to have low energy and muscle weakness, and may have difficulty doing everyday tasks. This may make them withdraw from regular activities, such as visiting friends or shopping, which can lower their quality of life.

Studies show that exercise programmes after a stroke can increase stamina and muscle strength, and also improve people’s ability to do daily tasks. However, not much research has explored how exercise might affect people’s quality of life after a stroke. And even fewer studies have looked at walking as a form of exercise therapy, with most…

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