Undated (WXOW) - For those with chronic stroke, slipping on those sneakers and pounding the
pavement could improve quality of life.
That's according to a just-released study published in the Journal "Stroke." -
Researchers looked at nearly 130 people who had suffered from strokes, all able to walk with or without an assisting device, and all not participating in any regular exercise programs.
Subjects were randomized into two groups, an intervention group and a control group, with assessments done at 6 weeks and 3 months.
The intervention group was supervised by trained instructors and walked vigorously along a prescribed course for 15 minutes, 3 times a week.
The control group received massage therapy.
After three months, those who walked regularly reported a 16.7 percent improvement in quality of life and also walked nearly 20 percent farther in an endurance test than their massaged counterparts.
All this suggesting that aerobic walking should be part of a patient's overall health promotion strategy.