Stroke Association statement on fitness levels in middle age
Alexis Wieroniey, Deputy Director of Policy and Influencing at the Stroke Association, said: “We all know that taking regular exercise is great for our health and an active lifestyle can improve our overall wellbeing.
“In this latest study, which consisted mainly of white men, higher levels of fitness in middle-aged people (measured between 45 and 50 years old) were linked to lower rates of hospitalisation due to stroke after the age of 65. This link was independent of other important risk factors for stroke, and it suggests that physical exercise alone can greatly reduce our risk of stroke in later life.
“We recommend that people aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five or more times a week. Taking regular exercise is just one simple step people can take towards reducing their stroke risk. Stopping smoking, eating a balanced diet and having regular blood pressure checks can all help people take control of their health.”