World Stroke Day

29 Oct 2019

Today is World Stroke Day, strokes are the third most common cause of death and the commonest cause of disability in the UK but you can help prevent them. Strokes can happen to anyone but you have the power to reduce risk through lifestyle changes:

?Quit smoking
? Limit alcohol consumption
? Control high blood pressure and high cholesterol
✅ Manage diabetes (or even better put T2 into remission)
??‍♀️ Watch your waist and weight
? Eat healthy
??‍♂️ Exercise regularly 30 minutes a day

After a stroke it is important to start making exercise a part of your routine, both for further prevention and rehabilitation. Participating in exercise may improve both physical fitness, physical function and reduce the chance of a secondary stroke.

If you would like more information about exercise after stroke then please download this information sheet written by the Stroke Association.

Exercise and stroke

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Having worked in IT in London for 15 years I was made redundant in 2009. I had trained as a gym instructor whilst working and decided I would rather spend the rest of my career doing something I loved than look for another job in IT. I furthered my qualifications with a Certificate in Advanced Personal Training from the highly regarded Premier Training. Many personal trainers are generalists covering all areas of fitness but I took the decision to specialise in the over-50s and therefore went on to do a CYQ Award in Functional Training for the Independent Older Adult Level 3. My focus is on overall health rather than fitness. I believe that making small changes can have a long term positive effect on health and well-being.

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