Exercise After Stroke

Regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do while recovering from stroke.
a senior Black woman and friend doing water aerobics

Following a stroke, it’s important to reduce sedentary time and start being as physically active as possible, even if you need assistance from others. Engaging in regular physical activity will help you improve and return to the fullest possible level of function.

The benefits of physical activity on stroke recovery are extensive and may include:

  • Improved overall stroke recovery
  • Improved physical function (mobility, walking, balance)
  • Improved mental function (mood, depression)
  • Reduced risk of stroke recurrence
  • Reduced risk of heart-related conditions (for example, by reducing blood pressure, obesity)
  • Reduced risk of falls

What Patients and Caregivers Need to Know

Our "Exercise After Stroke" resource contains helpful information on types of exercise, gauging your readiness and most importantly safety. 
cropped first page of American Stroke Association's "Exercise After Stroke: What patients, caregivers need to know" pdf on a red background

Develop healthier habits for life: Start small and increase the amount and intensity of physical activity and exercise to build endurance and strength.

A White man is kneeling with his left hand on a folding table for support.

Post-Stroke Exercise Videos

Rehabilitation is an important step during a stroke survivor’s road to recovery, and these exercises can serve as a general guide.

Please speak with your health care provider and/or physical therapist before performing any exercises.