If you’re anything like me, you’d LIKE to be a go-to-the-gym-daily workout warrior. But, the reality is you’re more of a stay-at-home-surf-the-sofa stiff.
Rest assured, you’re not alone. Less than 20 percent of Americans exercise every day. So you’re in good company.
However, there’s another group you definitely DON’T want to be a member of. And that’s the folks at a significantly higher risk for stroke.
But if you’re taking that couch-surfing far too seriously, you may already be a card-carrying member. Folks who spend more hours of the day resting and relaxing than active and moving are at significantly increased risk for stroke.
Most mainstream medicine types will insist a vigorous and exhausting daily workout is the only way to combat that risk. But don’t panic. They’re wrong. And I’ve got the science to prove it.
Couch surfing sends stroke risk soaring
You don’t need to transform into a gym rat to reign that number back in. There’s a far simpler way to dial down your stroke risk.
And as a bonus, you’ll finally get that spring cleaning you’ve been putting off done before the official start of summer.
I’ll explain how in just a moment. But first, let’s take a quick look at what we’re facing. And that, of course, is rising stroke risk.
From 1990 to 2019, stroke prevalence skyrocketed by about 60 percent. And now, every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. And every 3.5 minutes, someone dies of one.
The culprit is easy to spot. It’s those couch-surfing habits I mentioned earlier. We’ve become increasingly sedentary over the years, and there are consequences.
When you fail to unseat your seat too often, you’re at risk for diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. And, of course, those same illnesses are leading causes of stroke.
Most Americans reportedly sit at least 12 hours a day. According to researchers, folks who clock in at 13 or more hours of sedentary time have a staggering 44 percent increased risk for stroke.
Ditch the gym bag for the cleaning supplies
Our not-so-distant ancestors didn’t battle diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity at nearly the same rate that we do today. And one of the main reasons for that is their lifestyle didn’t ALLOW for them to be sedentary.
Now a new study conducted at San Diego State University has found that we can harness some of that old-fashioned “chore power” to slash the odds of having a stroke today. No gym bag required.
According to researchers, even light-intensity activities like cleaning the house can significantly reduce your stroke risk. That’s true of the stuff you HAVE to do regularly, like cooking, shopping, and laundry.
But it also applies to the tasks many of us put off for as long as possible, including…
- heavy housework
- home repairs
They all count. In fact, the researchers say that if you regularly tackle these kinds of light-intensity chores, you can significantly slash your stroke risk.
Still don’t feel like cleaning? No problem. Hire some help and adopt a pooch instead. Here’s why.