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ARE YOU READY TO BEGIN AN EXERCISE PROGRAM?

Here are some questions to think about as you consider becoming more active:

Are you happy with your level of activity?
Do you think that being more active would help with your stroke recovery?
Do you feel that you have the tools you need to be physically active?
Will the people around you support your efforts to be more active?
Do you look for information or talk to others about starting an exercise program?
Are you having trouble getting motivated to start exercising?

BE MENTALLY READY

• Start your activity program gradually, and work up slowly. Be sure to warm up, cool down, and stretch each and every time you are physically active. Exercising too much, too fast, can cause injuries and discourage you from sticking with your program.
• A certain amount of stiffness is normal at first. But if you do hurt a joint or pull a muscle, stop the activity for several days to avoid more serious injury. Rest and over-the-counter painkillers can heal most minor muscle and joint problems, but check with your doctor before taking any medication.
• Use proper equipment. Wear good shoes with adequate cushioning in the soles for jogging or walking. Dress appropriately for the weather to avoid overheating or getting chilled.

KEEP TRACK OF YOUR READINESS AND PROGRESS

What do you want to accomplish today? What is standing in your way? Keeping track of your successes and challenges can help you live your BEST POSSIBLE LIFE.
Download a pdf of a Health Journal to use daily.

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

Download a pdf of a Physician Consent Form to use in discussing the medical advisability of exercise with your doctor.

MODIFIED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY READINESS QUESTIONNAIRE (PAR-Q)

To help determine whether you are physically ready to begin an exercise program, download a pdf of the Modified Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q)

If you answered YES to any of the questions, talk with your doctor BEFORE you become more physically active. Tell your doctor you intend to exercise and to which questions you answer ‘yes.’