5 STROKE RECOVERY EXERCISES

Get tips and information on stroke recovery exercises and activities that will help you stay active and healthy after a stroke. The first thing to do before you start any exercise routine is to talk to your doctor.

FIND JOY IN MOVING

While some of us can’t imagine missing a day at the gym, others struggle with the “work” in “workout.” And when you’re recovering from a stroke or caring from someone who is, stroke recovery exercises that are actually enjoyable can be challenging to think about – let alone do.

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The first thing to do before you start any exercise routine is to talk to your doctor.

Your doctor may want you to focus on certain kinds of stroke recovery exercises and activities to help you regain what you lost in your stroke. He or she also knows you’re more likely to stick with it if it’s enjoyable, and having a conversation about your options helps you begin well.

GARDENING

Yes, gardening! It’s one of those activities for stroke patients that some people overlook. Truth is, it takes coordination, balance and stamina to keep your yard looking beautiful – not to mention the sense of accomplishment you gain from knowing it’s because of your effort.

TAI CHI

This ancient martial art helps many stroke survivors regain balance and range of motion. You can take a class or look for DVDs or online videos that can help get you started, but even mimicking those slow, deliberate tai chi-like movements on your own may help.

YOGA

Because it concentrates on stretching in specific ways, yoga is among the list of stroke exercises that helps survivors regain balance and flexibility.

DANCING 

From two-stepping to waltzing, from cha-cha to ballroom – or even simply shaking your hips as the music moves you, dancing can be a lot of fun. And you can do it just about anywhere! 

The best part: it’s one of the best activities for stroke patients because doing it with a partner means you’re more likely to stick to it. 

Even if you don’t think you have the moves, remember the goal here is to get moving and enjoy doing it. 

WALKING

It’s not complicated, and it can make for an enjoyable time, especially when you partner up with someone. Some stroke survivors join “mall walking” clubs, which has the added benefit of safety. But walking alone can be a good way to take a break from the day-to-day as well, especially if you bring your favorite tunes along.

Even taking the dog around the block for a stroll can be a way to reconnect with your best friend – Fido needs his exercise, too!

Whatever you decide to do, remember the goal: simple, healthy movements. And be sure to consult your doctor before you start any exercise program.

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MANAGING RISK:

WHY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS MAY NOT BE ENOUGH

If you take prescription medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, they may not be enough to protect your heart. Talk to your doctor about whether these medications are enough for you and whether adding an aspirin regimen can help further reduce the risk of another heart attack or clot-related (ischemic) stroke.

LEARN HOW ASPIRIN COULD HELP

Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. 

STROKE SURVIVORS HAVE A LOT TO LIVE FORWARD TO

Get inspired by what motivates these stroke survivors.

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PENNY S.

“It’s like you’re there, but it’s like you’re in an [out of] body experience.”

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ANNA B.

“I didn’t think I was having a stroke. I knew everyone was acting really urgent. It was scary for me!”

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TOM K.

“I had very good handwriting … and now it’s terrible, but that’s a small price to pay in this life and death situation.”

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JOYCE A.

“I’m celebrating my 52nd birthday in two weeks, and … I’m thankful to be alive.”

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TONI G.

“Education is key for me. I feel so good that I’m able to help people.”

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Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

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This tool is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis, medical advice, or medical treatment. Contact your healthcare provider after using the tool to discuss your heart health or if you have any health concerns.

Estimated risk of a cardiovascular event, specifically, the risk of a heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI) or stroke in the next five years.