Today is World Stroke Day, strokes are the third most common cause of death and the commonest cause of disability in the UK but you can help prevent them. Strokes can happen to anyone but you have the power to reduce risk through lifestyle changes:
🍺 Limit alcohol consumption
🛑 Control high blood pressure and high cholesterol
✅ Manage diabetes (or even better put T2 into remission)
🏋🏾♀️ Watch your waist and weight
🍏 Eat healthy
🏃🏾♂️ Exercise regularly 30 minutes a day
After a stroke it is important to start making exercise a part of your routine, both for further prevention and rehabilitation. Participating in exercise may improve both physical fitness, physical function and reduce the chance of a secondary stroke.
If you would like more information about exercise after stroke then please download this information sheet written by the Stroke Association.
Exercise and stroke
I hope you have found the last five blog posts informative. The infographic is a great way to get out a lot of information in an easily read format but sometimes it's nice to have a little more detail, and as I stated in the first post you can read the whole report with all the Activity guidelines for the various categories here.
"Older adults should break up prolonged periods of being sedentary with light activity when physically possible, or at least with standing "
In Chichester feeling unsteady will ring true with many people with it's uneven pavements. Unfortunately not a lot can be done about the pavements but we can improve our balance.
What is getting a lot of press at the moment is the Build Strength part of the guidelines. It's always been there but it is now given greater emphasis as the evidence it helps maintain physical function, reduce the risk of falls, and help people feel more confident can not be overstated.
The new Physical Activity Guidelines were released yesterday and I thought I would take a short break from the falls prevention topic I was on to discuss them. Especially as I found out the other day my Mum doesn't even know them (and I can picture her reading that with an indignant look on her face so I will also point out she is active!)
Whilst exercise is important to help improve your balance and strengthen your muscles here are some falls prevention tips in the home (where 65% of falls happen).
Worried about exercise and falling?
It is common for people to worry so much about falling that they restrict their movement, unfortunately this is a vicious circle as you are more likely to fall if you spend long periods of time seated and don't do any exercise.
Osteoarthritis can be seen as a reason to avoid exercise. However a great infographic from the Institute of Bone and Joint Research shows that even if walking and doing some exercise may hurt the answer is not to avoid those activities as they are both important.