Ask your doctor about your post-stroke limitations
BEFORE you start an exercise program!
EXERCISE AT HOME
Develop an exercise program to do at home on your own or with a friend or caregiver.
A complete regimen should include:
Cardiovascular exercise is very important in preventing a second stroke. Be sure to regulate the intensite of your workout. Any easy way to measure effort is by using the talk test. If you are exercising at a good rate, you should be breathing enough to talk, but not to sing your favorite song!
Lifting weights, using resistance tubing or machines at a gym are all forms of resistance or strength training. You can also get strength benefits by using just your body weight in exercises such as squats, lunges and wall push ups. Intensity, duration and frequency are all factors in a successful strength training routine.
STRETCHING AND FLEXIBILITY
Stretching and flexibility exercises decrease the risk of injury and increase your range of motion in the joints. Imbalance in movement following stroke can cause stiffness in joints throughout the body and stretching helps make moving more comfortable.
TOOLS FOR IN-HOME EXERCISE
To be successful working out at home, you need some basic equipment.