It’s World Stroke Day and Zebra Athletics is focusing on how we can help prevent future strokes and aid in the recovery process. Affecting more than 795,000 people each year, strokes are one of the leading causes of death in the US. These attacks can lead to physical disabilities and even depression.
This year, we’re working to raise awareness surrounding stroke prevention and how staying fit can help!
Understanding the Causes of Strokes
There are many factors that can lead to a person having a stroke. Your age and family history are two determinants. Since these are two factors that you have zero control over, let’s focus on the risk factors that you can control:
Blood pressure: the ideal blood pressure is between 120/80 and 140/90. Anything higher is considered hypertension and leaves you at risk for having a stroke.
Weight/Body Mass Index (BMI): these are tricky to gauge since body mass index is an imperfect measurement, but it’s recommended that you keep a BMI of 25 or less. This can change depending on your body fat percentage.
High Cholesterol: there’s a saying, “you can’t out-exercise an unhealthy diet.” And there’s a reason it’s a saying, it’s true!
Drinking: moderation is key, and it’s best to err on the side of less is more.
Smoking: in as few words as possible: don’t…
Prevent a Stroke Through Personal Fitness
Whether your choose mixed martial arts, cardio, lifting or some combination of the three, you are well on your way to stroke prevention! As little as 15 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise is a great start, from there you’ll likely be surprised by how much easier it is to build up to a more ideal half-hour to full-hour long workout than it is to start with a full scale, full speed workout plan. Support yourself by treating stroke prevention and general wellness as ongoing and progressive activities — there’s no singular thing to win or achieve here, it’s a lifestyle.
With the typical person finding an ever increasing number of demands on their time, it can be a hard lifestyle to find time for. If you can’t always make it out to your local training facility, you should set up an MMA home gym or fitness center right in your own home! With as little as 8-10 square feet of space in your garage, basement or any other spare room in your home you can get yourself set up with something simple and straightforward such as our Zebra Home Roll-Outs or a 10’ x 10’ Puzzle Mat space. Or, you can build a complete package with the accessories that matter most to you! The best way to get into a consistent workout regimen is to make it a part of your daily routine. Having everything you need just steps away, in your very own home is the best way to ensure that you stick with your training.
Make it a Family or Neighborhood Affair
Some days you want to camaraderie, others you need the motivation. Either way it can be great to have a family member or neighbor join you for your in-home session. Especially if you are going to hit the weights or work on your MMA skills, it’s much better to have a partner (or a few) to help motivate and move you along the way. Getting your family and friends involved in your training routine will help you stay focused on hitting each milestone!