The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association stated May 20, 2014 that all stroke patients should be prescribed exercise therapy. Unfortunately, too few health care professionals prescribe it. This is disappointing since stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States.
Stroke survivors face many challenges. However, strong evidence shows that after physical therapy, exercise therapy improved cardiovascular fitness, walking ability and upper arm strength for continued progress. The key to this, as with anyone, is the consistency in the exercise.
Several important factors underscore the potential value of exercise training and physical activity in stroke survivors. Recommendations are 20 to 60 minutes at a time at least 3 days per week. Multiple 10-15 minute, moderate intensity workouts may be more appropriate depending on the client’s abilities. This can include activities such as walking or light weight-lifting to start. It all adds up to benefit the client.
Resource: Exercise Etc. Inc.