After a stroke, starting to move more can be a massive boost to your recovery, your confidence and your wellbeing. It can also help you stay healthy after a stroke.
Getting moving might be one of your main goals after a stroke, but after you've finished therapy and left hospital, how can you carry on the good work?
Initially, I walked because my right side was affected by the stroke, so it was physical rehab. Not being able to walk was my motivation.Mark, stroke survivor
We asked stroke survivors, therapists and exercise professionals to share their ideas for getting active. We have information on moving more in your home, and adding activity to your daily life. We also have tips for anyone who is ready to look for more structured activity or getting back into sport.
Start slowly and build up
Don't try to do too much all at once. Everyone is different, and you need to discover what works for you. Over time, you can add more movement into your daily life at home or work. Whether you are seated, walking, alone or in a group, you can find new ways to be active.
How to get started - and keep going!
We've got some great tips and advice about getting motivated. Planning, peer support, and celebrating success are all part of the story.
When instructors and volunteers at the stroke exercise club continued to comment on my improvement this became a great motivating factor.James, stroke survivor
Do what you love
It's not just about physical fitness - doing something you love makes you feel good! If you find an activity you enjoy, you're much more likely to keep going with it and make it part of your routine.
Common worries about being active after a stroke
Many people have practical concerns about being more active. We've taken a practical look at how to deal with some of the main effects of stroke such as vision problems, incontinence and balance.
Health fears can also stop people from being active, so we have some advice for people with health conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.
I did not want to sit down and give in to my stroke.John, stroke survivor
You don't have to do it alone
You might want to look for some support to help you in getting started and carrying on. That could include:
Meeting other people who have had a stroke. You can share stories and tips, or do activities together. You might be able to meet others at a stroke club or group, or online through social media or My Stroke Guide.
Friends and family can support you by joining in with activities, or spending time listening and talking and encouraging you to reach your goals.
Help and advice from a therapist or doctor.
If you're looking for other people to share your activity goals, or looking for professional advice, we've got some suggestions for things to try. You can call our Helpline for more ideas.
The Stroke Association and A Stroke of Luck have teamed up to bring you a four-week exercise programme, all in the comfort and safety of your own home.