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Regular exercise can reduce your risk of stroke by a quarter. It can help with your overall recovery and is an important part of your rehabilitation after a stroke.
If you have recently had a stroke, you may not be able to be more active straight away. But when you feel ready, talk to your doctor or therapist about what is right for you. What and how much you can do will depend on the extent of your stroke and your individual limitations. Depending how your stroke has affected you, you may need to adapt your activities or try new ones.
Over the course of a week, you should aim to do 150 minutes (two and a half hours) of moderate intensity activity. This can be broken down in to manageable amounts of time to suit you. Just ten minutes at a time on a regular basis can provide health benefits. It is important to start gradually and slowly build up the amount of activity
‘Moderate’ intensity activity means being slightly breathless but still able to hold a conversation; for example, a brisk walk would normally be classed as ‘moderate’ activity.
If you do something you enjoy, you will be more likely to stick with it.
Here are some other tips that might help:
Call the CHSS Advice Line nurses on 0808 801 0899 for details of organisations and resources for chair-based exercises or other local classes that can help you increase your physical activity.