It’s a frightening fact: one in six Australians will suffer a stroke within their lifetime.
With National Stroke Week taking place between 14 and 20 September 2015, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has called on Australians of all ages to assess their lifestyle choices and take action to reduce their risk of stroke.
ESSA Chief Executive Officer Anita Hobson-Powell said participating in regular physical activity and making an effort to eat a balanced diet could make a world of difference in improving the overall health of Australians.
“It’s certainly not rocket science; by making some basic lifestyle changes, we can avoid some of the major stroke risk factors including obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, poor diet and low physical activity levels, reducing our risk of stroke and numerous other conditions,” Ms Hobson-Powell said.
“With Australians becoming increasingly more time-poor, it can sometimes be challenge to find time to fit structured exercise sessions into the day, so it pays to look at other ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.”
Ms Hobson-Powell provided the following tips for getting active over the course of day, without having to find a spare hour to hit the gym.
To get in touch with an accredited exercise physiologist who can create a customised exercise program for you and your family or to find out more tips for incorporating physical activity into your day, please visit www.essa.org.au.
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