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Here's the latest research that shows moderate exercise cuts stroke risk as much as strenuous activity:
The women who reported engaging in moderate physical activity in the 3 years before enrollment in the study were 20% less likely to suffer a stroke, compared with women who reported no activity.
Prof. Wang says she was surprised that the link to reduced stroke risk was strongest with moderate physical activity.
More strenuous activity such as running didn't further reduce women's stroke risk," she adds. "Moderate activity, such as brisk walking appeared to be ideal in this scenario."