The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has given their support to the Stroke Association’s Step up for Stroke initiative. The free fundraising event was recently held last 13 May 2008.
The Stroke Association recommends walking 10,000 steps a day to help to reduce body fat, and to lower and prevent high blood pressure and cholesterol – major risk factors for stroke. Here are some ways to increase your daily step count:
· Go on foot for some or all of the way to work or school
· Take your, or someone else’s, dog for a walk
· Walk up and/or down the stairs, rather than taking the lift
· Enjoy a stroll with your partner, friends, or children.
Physiotherapists’ role in stroke prevention mainly revolves around exercise presciption, activity management and smoking cessation. The CSP is also offering the Lazy Exercise Guide for Busy People people who need to exercise but don’t know where to start.