Cardiovascular Training Guidelines
- Set an exercise pace that feels good to you. Rate your level of exertion by the Rate of Perceived Exertion scale (range of 6 to 20 where 6 = very, very light, and 20 = very, very hard); 11 to 14 is a good target zone.
- Take slow, deep breaths and 'think tall' in order to maintain good posture.
- Vary the cardiovascular workout by using a number of different machines, depending on the function of the affected limbs. If you have some muscle control in the affected upper limb, use a hand splint to row or pull. Foot straps can help to hold a spastic lower limb in place.
- General cardiovascular exercise should be performed 3-5 days per week for 20 to 60 minutes per session, using shorter intervals of work as needed. If necessary, perform these sessions under the guidance of a physician or exercise physiologist.
- If you have decreased sensation in the affected side, shift your sitting position every 10 to 15 minutes to increase circulation and prevent pressure sores.
|One option for cardiovascular exercise is arm cycling, which allows for a great workout without having to use your lower body.|