Being active after a stroke

Fatigue is very common after a stroke and normal activities may feel a bit like doing a gym workout. Therefore make sure you pace yourself and put your feet up to rest when you need to.

Here's some top tips to get you started:

  • Fatigue is very common after a stroke and normal activities may feel a bit like doing a gym workout. Therefore make sure you pace yourself and put your feet up to rest when you need to
  • Adopt the 24 hour approach to your rehab/recovery in your daily routine. Small things like standing up correctly and using your affected arm/leg or other part of the body in function will have significantly more impact than just doing just doing your exercises once a day
  • Ask yourself whether you are sitting comfortably; it’s important if you spend most of your day sitting. Ensure you are sitting upright and have a strong core. Having good posture is vital for your arms and legs to work efficiently
  • If you have an upper limb impairment consider taking up a hobby that will promote recovery such as jigsaw puzzles, building models or even playing games with the grandchildren (e.g. Scrabble, Connect 4, Dominos)
  • Try swimming to help build your cardio. You don't have to swim in the pool. Exercise in the pool for example can include walking, squats, marching and side-stepping.
  • It’s important to take the time to strengthen your muscles so consider joining a gym so that you have access to the necessary equipment but do ensure you are guided by a healthcare professional so that you have instructions on the best exercises to do for your particular situation
  • Don't get frustrated when you can't do things that you used to. Remember that recovery takes time and it may be that you have to adopt new strategies to do things a bit differently
  • Don't give up - stay positive and remember how far you've come rather than focusing on what you haven't achieved yet. Set yourself small goals and focus on those "wins"
  • Depression is very common post Stroke. If you are feeling down and it isn’t getting any better then please seek advice from your GP to discuss medication options or referrals to a counsellor to help talk through your difficulties.
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