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Exercise is important for everyone, including individuals who have had a stroke.
Exercise training programs for individuals with stroke should be aimed not only at increasing the level of physical fitness but also at reducing risk factors such as hypertension. A reduction of risk factors may contribute to the decrease in the incidence of secondary strokes. Participating in an aerobic conditioning program can alter several of the risk factors associated with the incidence of a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), including reduced hypertension, enhanced glucose regulation, improved blood lipid profile, and reduced body fat.
To further encourage stroke survivors to be physically active, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD) and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have developed a new resource: "Exercise Program for Stroke Survivors". This exercise video is designed specifically for individuals recovering from stroke, and features:
- A 25-minute aerobic segment, complete with a warm-up and a cool-down
- A strengthening and flexibility segment
- Closed captioning for individuals with hearing impairments
Please note that this video is not intended to be used in place of physical therapy or exercises prescribed by your doctor. It is intended to incorporate physical activity into your daily life.
This video is available in both DVD and VHS formats.
Funding for this video is provided by Grant/ Cooperative Agreement number U59/CCU522742-02 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To preview the "Exercise Program for Stroke Survivors" exercise video, please go on to the next sections.
The NCHPAD Quick Series Guide on Exercise Program for Stroke Survivors is an excellent pocket-sized quick reference guide for stroke survivors and fitness professionals. Use this handy resource while exercising in your home or bring it to the fitness center.
- General exercise guidelines and safety precautions
- Stretching exercises
- Strength training exercises
All exercises are clearly described and illustrated.
If you are ready to order these new products, please visit our webshop at http://www.ncpad.org/shop.