Keeping as physically fit as possible can help lower your chance of having a stroke (or another if you've already had one).
Regular physical activity will help to improve all of these problems:
If you have had a stroke, you may have difficulty doing some activities, so do what you can to keep active within reason – don't over do it. Some people will be able to manage swimming or walking while others might just be able to manage simple exercise which can be carried out while sitting down.
If you have problems with moving around get some advice about what exercises you can do sitting down. Doing arm exercises with a small bag of sugar in your hands is like easy weight lifting! Raising your legs up and down with small ankle weights on is weight lifting too!
Ask your doctor, or physiotherapist if you have one, for advice on exercises that are suitable for you. If you have increased “tone” then you should take particular care to get advice.
There are also services available to assist, if you have difficulty continuing these activities after a stroke e.g. swimming lessons for those with a disability, and most pools now have hoist access to the pool by arrangement.
If you have had a TIA or a stroke that has not affected your ability to move around, try to build some moderate activity into your usual routine:
Help and Advice
Experts say that you should do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days. This can be done all at once or in smaller blocks of around 10 minutes. Any physical activity is good for you as long as you are active enough to become warm and slightly out of breath. You can achieve this by anything from brisk walking, dancing or swimming, to climbing stairs or even cleaning windows.
If you build up slowly, activity should not hurt. If you are finding problems ask your doctor or physiotherapist for advice.
If you want help and advice about getting more active ask your GP or practice nurse about the Live Active exercise referral scheme. You might be sent for an exercise screening test at a hospital if you also have coronary heart disease or you may be offered a referral straight to an exercise counsellor at a leisure centre for individual advice about becoming more active. You receive reduced price access to the leisure centre and classes for up to 1 year.
You can do any activity you like such as – swimming, gym sessions, exercise classes, walking, dancing or home based activities, almost anything.
If you are not able to attend mainstream leisure facilities anymore – perhaps if you need help dressing, getting to the toilet, or need some help with moving around, ask your practice nurse about the classes run by the Glasgow City Council for the Voluntary Service. They offer a range of activities for people of all abilities – and getting out and socialising will make you feel better too.
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