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As a busy member of the Baby Boomer Generation, caring for elderly parents and regularly involved in fun and educational activities for grandparents and their grandchildren, I don’t often get time to just sit and read right now. When I do, I prefer things that educate and inform me – quickly. Womans World Weekly Magazine is one of my favorite resources. I don’t think I’ve ever read one that didn’t have several pages with my underlinings and notes in it. And both my senior mom and my cooking buff kids love to check out their great recipes.
This week’s issue, August 16, 2010, is no exception! I picked it up at the grocery store yesterday, just for YOU! Among several other things, it had a very interesting and informative article, Stay Stroke-Free! Definitely good news and info for all of us boomers AND our beloved seniors!
If you have symptoms of high blood pressure the article includes information for some natural ways to lower blood pressure as well as tips to lower your risk of stroke. One that especially encouraged me was, Lowering Your Risk 30% by Strolling Slowly! I’m a fast walker normally, but when I walk with my senior mom, we have to go slower for her sake. Plus my arthritis will be fine one day, and the next I’ll have those “twinges in the hinges” that slow me down. (And we won’t even mention my 5th metatarsal fracture!) I was so excited about this possibility, I had to research it further.
First I found an article at USA Today, Your Health: Strokes Can Be Prevented, that seemed to contradict Womans World. It stated, “Women who walked more than two hours a week or took their walks at a brisk 3-mph pace were significantly less likely to have strokes than non-walkers or slow walkers, researchers reported recently in the journal, Stroke.” Oh no – does that mean all our slower walks aren’t helping our health any?
Then, I found a second article at USA Today that cleared things up and put the smile back on my face. Study: Women who walk 2 hours weekly at 30% less risk of stroke explains that “Women who said they walked briskly had a 37% lower risk of stroke than those who didn’t walk. Women who reported walking at least two hours a week at any pace had a 30% lower risk, according to a study published online Tuesday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.”
Now granted, brisk walking is obviously best, but 30% is still GREAT! And as Womans World Weekly Magazine pointed out, that’s an average of about 17 minutes per day! Not only that, the same article also extolled the benefits of Dark Chocolate! It’s no wonder I love this magazine. In fact, I’m heading down too savor a couple of yummy and relatively healthy pieces of dark chocolate as soon as I finish writing this! And you’ll need to head straight for the grocery store ASAP if you want this particular issue – or check with your local library to see if they carry this magazine.
This is definitely great Baby Boomer news as well as terrific info for our beloved senior parents. It means that our walking with them, no matter how slowly, not only blesses you with your sweet family memories, but it also benefits both you and them health-wise – both for working to prevent stroke as well as being great exercise for prevention or treatment of osteoporosis!
P.S. I like to buy Womans World Weekly Magazine in the store, since I don’t get it every week. But if you’d like to try a home subscription to make it easier on you and save some money, just click here. 🙂