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Take a walk, reduce your risk of suffering a stroke

Recent research shows that women who walk at least three hours a week have a 43% lower stroke risk compared with women who are inactive. Walking also lowers the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and many other conditions. Doctors recommend 150 minutes of brisk walking per week. To begin a walking program, wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes; map out your route in advance; and keep track of your progress.
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