Moving Forward: The Importance of Physical Activity and Support for Stroke Recovery
Physical activity is important for everyone, but it's especially crucial for individuals who have had a stroke. Strokes can cause a range of physical and cognitive impairments, and engaging in regular exercise can help prevent secondary complications and improve overall health and well-being.
Physical activity after a stroke can help reduce the risk of recurrent strokes and improve cardiovascular health. It can also improve mobility, strength, balance, and coordination, which can all be impacted by a stroke. Exercise can also help with cognitive function, including memory and attention.
One of the best things about physical activity is that it can be done at home, and there are many simple movements and exercises that can be done without any equipment. Here are some easy exercises for individuals who have had a stroke:
Seated Marching: Sit in a chair with feet flat on the ground, then lift one knee up and then the other, as if you are marching. This can be done with or without hand weights.
Wall Push-Ups: Stand facing a wall with arms extended at shoulder height, then lean forward and "push" against the wall, bending your arms and then straightening them.
Leg Lifts: Sit in a chair with feet flat on the ground, then lift one leg straight out in front of you, holding for a few seconds, then lowering and repeating with the other leg.
Toe Taps: Sit in a chair with feet flat on the ground, then tap your toes up and down as quickly as possible, alternating feet.
Shoulder Rolls: Sit or stand with arms at your sides, then roll your shoulders forward and backward in a circular motion.
These exercises can be done for just a few minutes each day, and can be gradually increased in intensity or duration as strength and mobility improve.
If you are looking for more inspiration or guidance on physical activity after a stroke, check out our TikTok channel. We have a series of videos specifically designed for individuals with limited mobility, featuring easy-to-follow movements and exercises that can be done at home. Whether you're just starting out or looking to add more variety to your routine, we have something for everyone. Remember, the key to success is consistency and persistence, so keep moving and stay motivated!
Pictured is a group of inspiring adults who have all been through the challenging experience of having a stroke. Despite the physical and cognitive impairments that come with a stroke, these individuals have been working hard to regain their health and mobility through our stroke recovery classes led by Jaime.
Our stroke recovery classes are funded by Back Active Humber, and they provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals who are recovering from a stroke. The classes focus on exercises and movements that are specifically designed to help improve mobility, balance, coordination, and strength.
Jaime, our experienced instructor, has a wealth of knowledge and expertise when it comes to stroke recovery. She understands that each individual's recovery journey is unique and tailors the classes to meet the specific needs and abilities of each participant.
Through these classes, our stroke recovery participants have been able to make significant progress in their recovery journey. They have gained confidence in their abilities and have seen improvements in their overall physical and cognitive health. They have also formed strong bonds with each other, providing a sense of community and support.
We are grateful for the support of Active Humber, who make these classes possible. If you or a loved one are recovering from a stroke, we encourage you to reach out and explore the resources and support available in your community. With the right guidance and support, stroke recovery is possible, and individuals can regain their health, mobility, and independence.