Types of Exercise
There are several types of exercise that can benefit individuals who have had a stroke, both in their own and in tandem as part of a holistic exericse program. These include:
- Cardiovascular exercises to help decrease hypertension and body fat and to improve glucose regulation, blood lipid profile, and overall fitness
- Strength exercises to support both involved and uninvolved limbs
- Flexibility exercises to increase range of motion and to prevent contractures
- Coordination and balance exercises to improve daily living activities
For results to be evident, a complete program of cardiovascular, strength and flexibility components should be performed for four to six months.