THINKING ABOUT WORKING OUT IS BASICALLY EXERCISE TOO!
Getting to the hospital as soon as you notice the signs of a stroke is crucial to saving your life or preventing long-term effects. Acting FAST, the acronym which stands for Face, Arm, Speech, Time, has been the guide for stroke symptoms and response, however, it misses out on one key symptom - Vision loss. The research, published in the British Journal of Surgery, indicated that 59 per cent people who experienced a stroke didn’t know they were having a mini-stroke because they didn’t know the vision loss was an indicator. Hence, the medical field has amended the acronym to the more appropriate FASTER (Face, Arm, Speech, Time, Eyes and React) to incorporate visual impairment and the need to act rapidly as a part of the stroke response. Sometimes research throws us a gift! Sitting at your desk thinking about how you’re going to exercise after work brings you that much closer to fitness. This is because the body reacts to mental pictures the way it does to actual things. This research stresses that it is more of a supplement than an alternative. Also, you have to visualise for 20 minutes to have the effect, any more or less and the practice won’t stick.