Thursday, April 24, 2014

Running and stroke recovery, prevention

I'm now in my 27th year of running, and I broke a personal record recently. For the 27th time, I did not run in the Boston Marathon. Next year, I'll have a chance to break that record again with 28.

However, fellow stroke survivor Tedy Bruschi has completed the Boston Marathon.

A recent interview with Runner's World magazine touched on running and stroke:
Studies have suggested that running might help lower stroke risk. Did that factor into the formation of this team—and your decision to take up running after retiring from football?
Absolutely. One of the top ways to fight stroke—in addition to knowing the warning signs—is to keep yourself in the best physical shape you can. The doctors told me that one of the reasons why I was able to overcome and recover from my stroke was that I was probably in the best shape of my life. I was 31 years old, a professional athlete."
Good advice - event if you're never a professional football player. Stay in the best shape you can be. Might save your life.

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